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Filipino nurses in UK launch typhoon appeal

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The Philippine Nurses Association of UK is appealing for donations to help the survivors of the super typhoon that decimated the Pacific island group last week.

The super typhoon Haiyan – locally named Yolanda – is estimated to have left more than 10,000 people dead and more than 600,000 homeless and displaced. Survivors have been left in urgent need of food, water, medical supplies and shelter.

Michael Duque, president of the Philippine Nurses Association of UK, said the “full impact of the storm is only becoming clear now”.

He told Nursing Times the charity was asking for help to support its relief work operations for those affected by the typhoon. Support for the “most vulnerable families at these difficult times is vital in their survival and in their humanitarian needs”, he said.

The organisation has been involved in previous aid efforts including the Philippines Ondoy storm and the Leyte Landslide.

“We have delivered relief goods direct to the people and communities who need them most through our extensive local networks,” Mr Duque said.

“Our efforts are now focused on raising enough relief goods for the affected communities by the typhoon. We cannot do it alone and we need your help,” he added.

On Monday the United Nations announced that it had released an initial emergency allocation of $25m (£15.7m) to fund critical relief efforts in typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines. It has also launched an appeal for $301m (£190m) to help relief efforts.

The UK government has so far pledged £10m in aid and has sent the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Daring to help provide humanitarian assistance.

 

For those wishing to donate to the PNA’s appeal:

The charity is working in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in London to “spearhead” donation drop-in sessions. They will be held on 15 and 16 November from 9am to 5pm at the embassy on Suffolk Street.

The charity is also accepting donations at its volunteer drop-off point at 49 Widecombe Road, London, SE9 4HH, or via the post to the same address.

Any cheques should be made payable to the Philippine Nurses Association of UK, with YOLANDA RELIEF OPERATIONS written on the back for reference. All donations will be issued an official receipt.

For more information, please contact the PNA UK at admin@pnauk.org.uk or 07449899212.

 

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