On the 8th of November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines wreaking havoc in its wake. Over 6,200 people were killed that day and 3,000 were so badly mutilated that they now lie unidentified in a mass grave in Tacloban’s city cemetery.
Haiyan destroyed an estimated 33 million coconut trees and in consequence affected the lives of more than one million coconut farmers.
The devastation resulting from the typhoon was of a scale that warranted a worldwide appeal. Rotary immediately responded and within a few weeks £37,000 was raised or donated by clubs in District 1070.
The generosity of the public and the unselfish approach to the needs of others was overwhelming.
As part of ensuring this aid reached the needy at the earliest opportunity, funds were transferred directly to a Disaster Appeal set up by Rotary District 3860 in the Philippines. This immediate help was later followed by sending containers filled with less critical, but still essential items, which included dry packed and tinned food, electrical generators, clothes, books and crockery.
14 months later and the world seems to have forgotten. No longer do we see or hear of anything about this tragedy in the news or on TV. This is the time when Rotary always steps up and our club is taking its turn to help in this time of need.
In April 2014 we showed what can be achieved simply by having the desire to do something. We put together a small team and, with sponsorship from HSBC Bank, Percipience and several other generous firms, we raised over £15,000 by cycling 1,000 Km from Towcester to Southwest France in 6 days.
Phase two of our fundraising is now underway. With the help of School PE Specialist, Val Sabin, we have created a unit of work for Key Stage 1 and 2 Schools to help raise money to rebuild Sagkahan School in Tacloban. The Schools pay a small sum for the OFSTED compliant unit of work, the children learn a dance in their year groups and at the end, bring it all together in a performance that tells the story of Typhoon Haiyan from the children’s eyes. Money raised from the performance is then donated by the school to the project.
If you would like your school to get involved please visit www.rotarylearn2give.org and sign up.
Learn2Give – Children Helping Children