I am a Brockley resident with roots in the Philippines. My two friends from Tacloban (but who live in Manila) were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. One lost his parents, nephew and family home. The other lost her family home. This has made the devastation of the typhoon very personal to me.Being victims of the storm and unable to go to Tacloban in the aftermath of the storm, my two friends decided to help all their friends and their families find a way out of Tacloban. They set up a mini ‘command centre’ at home in Manila. Using social media and an outpouring of response and support, they were able to guide 169 people out of Tacloban through a 600km trip to Manila. All these people arrived in Manila having lost everything last week, Their immediate care is urgent. Friends, family and strangers have taken them in. My sister and her husband, who are surgeons in Manila, have been part of the effort to take care of their medical needs. Now their needs are clothes, and toys for their children.I would therefore like to make an appeal for donations – used clothes (summer clothes only), new underwear (Primark will do); toys (preferably colouring books) and cash to help with shipping costs.
A shipping company is offering to ship boxes to the Philippines for £44 for a box [30 x 22 x 20 inches / 76cm x 56cm x 51cm] regardless of weight. I am hoping to be able to send at least two boxes by 2 Dec 2013. I will cover any shortfall in costs. Any extra cash raised will be donated towards medical missions being arranged.