Philippines disaster response tops £27,000

Communities across the district have joined the effort (s)
Communities across the district have joined the effort (s)

A total of more than £27,000 has been raised through efforts across the district to help those in the Philippines left homeless in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Over 5,200 are people known to have lost their lives after the typhoon made landfall on November 8, but is estimated as many as 10,000 people could have been killed.

Winds of over 160mph were recorded when the typhoon hit, affecting 11 million people across the country.

People across the Harrogate district quickly organised events to help those affected.

A combined collection between the Rotary Club of Harrogate and Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes raised over £11,500 on November 16, adding to the £330 raised at a Harrogate Rugby Club match by the Inner Wheel Club.

The following week, a further collection raised £2,644 during a street collection and at Asda.

A donation of £10,000 was sent immediately to Shelterbox to provide shelter, water purification and cooking facilities to as many people as possible.

The presidents of the two Harrogate clubs expressed their sincere gratitude to the people who made donations to enable Rotary to respond to the disaster.

A Rotary Club of Ripon and Inner Wheel Club of Ripon appeal raised £3,500.

Knaresborough Rotarians collected £2,148.63 for the Philippines Typhoon Disaster Appeal.

The funds raised have paid for four shelterboxes which will provide tents, cooking equipment and water purification for 40 people.

A spokesman for Knaresborough Rotary Club said: “People have been very generous in their support for the victims of this terrible natural disaster.”

Harrogate’s Spa Lodge donated £100 raised in its monthly raffle to the Philippines Typhoon Relief Chest opened by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity which approved an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide hygiene kits for 8,500 families.

St Aidan’s CE High School raised £4,807.

The Friends of Ashville raised £1,000 at its annual dinner dance.

Harrogate Grammar School is splitting staff and pupil donations of £1,170.73 between Children in Need and the Philippines appeal.

King James’s School in Knaresborough donated £700 to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Harrogate Ladies’ College Pre-Prep school Bankfield is collecting baby clothes for the Inner Wheel charity to send to the Philippines.