Everyday Hero: Typhoon Haiyan

14 Nov


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I’m sure that most of you will have heard about Typhoon Haiyan and the devastation it has caused in the Philippines and most of you will have seen photographs in newspapers, magazines and social media or video footage on your televisions. You can’t help but feel empathy for these people and what they are suffering.

But what do we do with this empathy? Do we hop on a plane to the Philippines and help out “on the ground” with the immediate physical needs? Do we take a moment of silence and offer our prayers and thoughts of support? Do we open our wallets and give to the dozens of aid organisations working in the Philippines? Do you give away your unwanted clothes and unloved toys?

Perhaps getting on a jet plane is a bit extreme for some people and perhaps costly for others. And whilst giving away our unwanted items makes us as donors feel good, these types of donations put substantial pressure on relief agencies due to the time and expense and sheer hassle of shipping and sorting these gifts. So you want to make a monetary donation. Great! Which organisation do you choose? With so many of the larger aid agencies campaigning for our money it can be difficult to know just how much of your money will make it to the Philippines and what it will actually be used for. GiveWell.org suggests choosing an organization with a pre-existing presence in the Philippines as they will help where they can, and get out of the way where they can’t. And spend time finding an organisation that is transparent and accountable so that if your donation is not used for relief efforts in the Philippines due to “overfunding” then you will know it is being used for another crisis.

My brother-in-law is an Everyday Hero.

My brother-in-law has been so moved by the events in the Philippines that he is fundraising on behalf of World Vision for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. 100% of the money raised will go to World Visions Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal and there’s extra special bonuses for donors living in Australia!

I, personally, have been supporting World Vision for more than 10 years and now my husband and I continue to support them in an even bigger way than I could when I was in my teens. I strongly believe in the vision and mission of World Vision and it is with this conviction that I encourage you today, if you haven’t already donated your time, money, or prayers, to visit my bro’s page (HERE!) and consider making a donation.

Everyday Hero

Ben – Everyday Hero

It doesn’t matter how big or small your donation may be, it might not seem like much to you but every little bit helps and every little bit counts and every little bit will make a HUGE difference in the lives of those in the Philippines. So please, make a donation today!

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