Typhoon Haiyan aid for Philippines

Filipino fishermen present John Johnston, President of the Peterhead Rotary Club with money for the Disaster Aid Program
Filipino fishermen present John Johnston, President of the Peterhead Rotary Club with money for the Disaster Aid Program

Just under £4,000 has been donated by the Peterhead Fishermen’s Mission to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

On November 8 last year, one of the most intense tropical storms swept across the area bringing torrential rain, winds of over 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30 ft that devastated coastal areas.

Millions of local people were affected and hundreds of thousands were forced from their homes.

Those who survived need urgent help including emergency shelter, clean water and food.

With many Filipino fishermen now working within the fishing fleet in Peterhead, there was a real sense within the community to show support to these men at a time when their country, and in some cases their homes, had been completely devastated.

A number of individuals and organisations closely linked to the fishing industry approached the Fishermen’s Mission with donations, bringing in over £4,700 in just a few weeks.

Some of the money was used to help individual Filipino fishermen who had lost their homes while £3,900 was handed over to the Peterhead Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club International have a well established Disaster Aid Program which allows them to get practical aid into affected areas quickly and effectively.

They have developed a Shelter Repair Kit for the Philippines which provides materials and tools for a family to build a basic shelter.

Each kit costs approximately £150 so the donations will manage to fund 26 for use in some of the worst hit coastal communities.

There are hundreds more of these kits required and any individuals or organisations who would like to assist with the appeal can contact Peterhead Rotary Club or the Fishermen’s Mission, Peterhead.