A few days ago the Philippines was devestated by what some have dubbed the strongest storm in history. Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, hit on Friday with winds reaching close to an unforgivable 350kph. According to reports, an estimated 10,000 people have been killed or are missing and 11 million may have been directly effected by the storm.
In the midst of the choas, live my entire family on my mother's side. This includes two of my siblings and their families. So far I have not been able to make contact with many but i have been able to get in touch with two of my neices. From what they tell me, I know as much as their mother and siblings are safe but their home badly damaged and without a roof. There are still some family members and friends that we are yet to hear from, but we are hoping they are safe and well. I'm also told that there may also be another typhoon on its way up from the south.
Knowing that at the least there will need to be a lot of repair work and rebuilding done, and also in preparation for possible news we hope not to ever hear, I am asking for donations. My goal is set high, but obviously the idea is to get as much together as possible and as fast as possible, so I aim high. This is my plea for compassion from friends as well as strangers.
My secondary aim is, if we raise enough, I would like to be able to help out, not just my family, but others effected as well. If possible, I'd like to be able to get a cheap flight over and contribute physically as well.
Any amount is appreciated. The fortunate thing is 1 Australian dollar goes a lot further there than it does here.
Sharing via social networking is appreciated too. In fact it's a necessity for this to work out. So, even if you don't donate, please help me out and share it in your feed.
Thank you for your consideration. Much love.
- Ashleigh Whatling
- Elisabeth Hudson
- Bel Owen
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