Dubai School Launches Philippines Disaster Relief Campaign
Dubai English Speaking College has launched a campaign to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). As well as having a non-uniform day for students on Thursday, they're asking everybody to help collect emergency supplies. Items can be dropped off at the college from Thursday 21 November from 7.15am. Blankets, towels, clothes, soap and tinned food are needed. The school in Academic City has also come up with the idea of donating unclaimed items of lost property to the collection.
Lisa Kingsley, 31, is taking time off from her job in property to go to the Aklan province along with other volunteers. Lisa said, "One of the biggest workforces out here are Fillipino and I've got a lot of contacts in the Phillipines and I feel comfortable about going. You sit and think 'Oh it's so sad', and then what? I want to make sure the money that people are donating is reaching the source."
Lisa, who runs a charity group called Basics UAE, isn't going to the worst affected area, Tacloban, but she says Aklan has had about 1000 deaths and all its evacuation centres are full. "It's still pretty bad" she added.
Also, UAE Courier firm LBC Express has set up the LBC Foundation, which is sending and distributing donated items to the victims in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest ever recorded and has killed an estimated 10,000 people but affected up to 11million. The UAE has donated $10million to help.
INFO: HOW YOU CAN HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY TYPHOON HAIYAN (YOLANDA)
*Blogger Pinayflyinghigh has organised Fiesta for a Cause at Rosso Amore Restaurant in Business Bay on Friday 22 November 2013. The buffet Filipino lunch (11am to 4pm) or dinner (6pm to midnight) is priced at Dhs60 per person (children below 5 eat for free), with proceeds going to World Vision Philippines. Contact Pinayflyinghigh or Amore on 04 456 4363/ 055 289 1931/ 055 258 6041 to buy your tickets in advance or buy at the venue on the day of the fiesta.
*Drop-off of relief goods and donations as well as a buffet dinner, entertainment from the SOS choir and Final Watch band has been arranged at Al Reef Tower 1, Party Hall, Al Nahda, Sharjah, on Friday 22 November, www.facebook.com/events/220466938127118/.The organising team is working with Dalaw Kalinga Foundation www.dalawkalingafoundation.org
*If you would like to donate cash that will be used to buy basic items such as water and food via an aid agency for the victims, email Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/103234226449944/
*LBC Express is a courier company in Dubai who have set up the LBC Foundation that is sending and distributing donated items to the victims in the Philippines, http://www.lbcexpress.com/AE/, https://www.facebook.com/LBCFoundation and https://twitter.com/LBC_Foundation
*You can also donate through http://www.dec.org.uk/