Belfast City Council is joining forces with the local Filipino Community, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, and major aid organisations to raise money for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan on Friday, 29 November.
They are encouraging everyone to raise and donate money to the appeal which will be managed by local aid agencies, including Tearfund, a member of the Disaster Emergency Committee and Trócaire.
Both agencies say money raised here in Belfast will be extremely beneficial to the survivors of the typhoon as it will enable them to pay for services to be delivered quickly on the ground in the Philippines.
The decision to organise a day of fundraising was taken at a meeting attended by Lord Mayor, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Christopher Stalford, with members of the Filipino community, local community groups, and Chief Executive of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Colm Donaghy.
“Money will allow the aid agencies to transfer essential items such as food, tents and medical supplies from warehouses close to the devastated area instead of transporting goods from Ireland. This saves time and ultimately can save lives,” said the Lord Mayor.
“Anyone who has been in hospital in recent years is almost certain to have come across a Filipino nurse providing care to our community. For years they have been looking after us and now it is time for us to help look after them,” added the Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Christopher Stalford.
Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive, Belfast Trust said, ‘There are over than 250 Filipino staff working in Belfast Trust. They are a tremendous asset to us and are much loved by staff and patients alike. This is our chance to show them that even though they are so far from home, their new home in Belfast won’t forget their loved ones in their hour of need.’
Community organisations are planning to organise events in a number of shopping centres across the city to encourage donations on Friday, 29 November and are also urging individuals to organise their own events to fundraise on that day.
Funds raised can be donated directly to both charities.
Trócaire will accept donations Online: www.trocaire.org/philippines
By phone: Freephone 0800 912 1200
In person or by post: Trócaire, 50 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD
Tearfund will accept donations Online www.tearfund.org/philippines
By Phone 0845 355 8355 or by mobile to give £5 text “Tearfund Typhoon” to 70444
In person or by post: Tearfund, Skainos Building, 241 Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 1AF