Music to help rebuild lives in the Philippines

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MUSICIANS across the area are preparing to play at a concert to help people in the Philippines after the devastating typhoon.

The concert, called the TSD-Typhoon Haiyan Re-build Homes Rock Night, takes place at the Wedgewood Rooms on Tuesday.

The concert is in aid of the small island community on Malapascua Island, which is five miles north of Cebu Island, in the central Philippines.

It has been organised by Steve Hooker, 51, who planned to visit the island with his 23-year-old son Matt in March to go scuba diving.

He hopes to raise money to help the Filipino people rebuild their homes – it is estimated to cost just £300 to provide materials to build a home out there.

He said: ‘I haven’t visited up until now. My son and I had been planning a diving trip on this small island.

‘We had been corresponding with this diving company on the island.

‘Theirs was one of the few buildings that withstood the storm.

‘They were co-ordinating the rescue.’

So Steve decided to organise a concert to help raise some money.

‘Everyone approached locally so far has been extremely supportive,’ he added.

‘I’m encouraged that people have put themselves out there to be part of the event.

‘The single overriding aim of this gig is to help the islanders to help themselves and to provide the basic raw building materials.

‘The situation on Malapascua now is that some initial emergency aid has been received on the island.

‘However this has since tailed off and so people are improvising with what private donations have been received.’

Typhoon Haiyan killed 4,000 people and left many homeless.

Steve added: ‘We would also very much like to reach out to members of the Philippine community living and working in and around Portsmouth and encourage them to come along and enjoy this event.’

Already on the bill is Kodiak Jack, Flashfire and Du Bellows, with more to be announced.

Tickets are £5. To buy please visit or call (023) 9286 3911.