- Canadian aid worker available for interview from Philippines -
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Generous Canadians across the
country have donated more than $1 million to World Vision's emergency
response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Shipments containing 5,400 blankets, 3,000 tarpaulins, 15,000 relief
kits and 30 large tents to house child-friendly spaces have already
arrived in Manila and will be distributed as soon as possible. The
agency looks to support roughly 400,000 people affected by the
devastating typhoon, and will prioritize the health and safety of
Additional items to be distributed include:
Hygiene kits - toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary items, hand towels,
razors, bath soap, laundry soap, underwear, nail clippers;
Blankets, mosquito nets, plastic mats;
Food kits and water;
"Once again, we're witnessing the overwhelming generosity of Canadians
in this time of need," says Dave Toycen, president of World Vision
Canada. "One-million dollars will have a lasting impact on the lives of
children and families in the Philippines who are hungry, exhausted and
displaced. This is an excellent start but of course, just the beginning
of what will be needed to respond to this catastrophe"
"Right now the most urgent needs are food and water and other emergency
relief supplies - like sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets. Those
kinds of things would really go a long way for those families who have
lost their belongings." Aaron Aspi, World Vision Philippines Emergency
Communications Specialist, responding to #typhoonhaiyan
"Devastation is immense," says Mr. Aspi. I've never seen anything like
this before. Families were told to leave the danger zones to higher
ground, but with the magnitude of this typhoon, even some of the
evacuation centres were washed out."
Canadians can donate online at www.worldvision.ca or by calling 1-866-595-5550.
The Canadian government has announced a Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
Through this fund, the government will set aside one dollar for every
eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to World Vision Canada
or other registered Canadian charities between Nov 9th and Dec 8th,
World Vision believes more than 38,000 children who are in the World
Vision sponsorship program have been affected in some way, including
more than 7,200 who are sponsored by Canadians. World Vision has sent
three teams to different parts of the country affected by the massive
storm, with the first going to Iloilo, Aklan and Capiz; the second to
Cebu and Bohol; and the third to Samar and Leyte.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca.
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
For further information:
For interviews contact: Britt Hamilton at 416-419-1321, firstname.lastname@example.org