Up to 200,000 Philippine Christians walk for typhoon aid

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Tens of thousands of members of a Philippine church took to the streets in Manila, on Saturday, in a charity walk to raise funds for survivors of the country's deadliest typhoon, reports AFP/Yahoo7.

Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) poured into the capital's seaside avenue in response to the politically influential sect's appeal to help compatriots caught up by Super Typhoon Haiyan's onslaught.

All those taking part bought special white t-shirts to wear during the march, with all proceed from sales of the garment being donated to help those in need, pensioner Laodiseo Santos, 78, told AFP.

'I paid for this T-shirt to help our countrymen rebuild their homes...Some of our wealthier members purchased in bulk,' he said.

The retired cashier, his five grown-up sons and daughters, as well as several grandchildren completed a three-kilometre walk on Roxas Boulevard in late morning.

Police estimated the crowd at about 200,000, though the figure could not be independently confirmed. Haiyan tore across 171 towns and cities in the central islands on November 8 last year, killing at least 6,200 people and leaving nearly 2,000 others missing according to an official count.

FULL STORY Tens of thousands in Philippine sect's walk for typhoon aid (AFP/Yahoo7)

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