Local Filipinos Hold 5K Walk in Van Nuys to Benefit Typhoon Victims

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Hundreds of Southern Californians headed to Van Nuys Sunday, hoping to make a difference for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.


About 300 people took part in a 5K walk in Van Nuys to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Nov. 10, 2013 (KTLA).

About 300 people took part in a 5K walk at Woodley Park and adjacent Balboa Park to benefit victims of the devastating typhoon.

The walk began at 6 a.m. and was organized by members of the local Filipino community including the Philippine Disaster Relief organization, known as PeDRO, and Renew Our Minds and Hearts known as the ROMAH Foundation.

Hellen Barber De La Vega, Consul General for the Philippines in Los Angeles, told KTLA 5 money is desperately needed to help the victims.

The walk was actually scheduled before the typhoon struck Friday and was originally intended help victims of a recent 7.2 earthquake in the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan barreled across the country early Friday morning, with wind gusts of up to 235 miles per hour.

As of Sunday morning, the Philippine Red Cross estimated that at least 1,200 people were killed by the storm, and local officials warned the death toll could climb to nearly 10,000.

The typhoon, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, left at least 2 million people without power, officials said.

For information on how to donate to relief efforts in the Philippines, click here.

Erin Myers contributed to this report.