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Charity focusing donations on Philippines appeal
4:00pm Wednesday 11th December 2013 in News
SOMERSET charity the Piers Simon Appeal is dedicating all of the money raised through its activities between now and the end of December to help children in the Philippines following the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Based in Chilthorne Domer near Yeovil, the charity runs the School in a Bag initiative, which provides rucksacks full of stationery and resources to vulnerable children around the world.
It is organising three events before the end of the month, the proceeds of which will all help to fund 1,500 ‘SchoolBags’ that will be sent to children in the disaster stricken Philippine islands at the end of December. These events are:
• Thursday, December 12, 6.30pm to 8.15pm – Home Farm Carols at Home Farm, Chilthorne Domer
• Saturday December 21, 6am to midnight – Big Bag Pack at Tesco, Yeovil
• Thursday December 26, 10am start – Boxing Day Walk from Home Farm, Chilthorne Domer to Monacute and back
The 1,500 SchoolBags are being sent as part of a container load of resources including children’s clothing and tools.
This shipment has been organised by Cornish charity Shelter for Humanity, which has been working in the disaster affected area since a few days after the typhoon hit the Philippines.
So far they have supplied some emergency relief tents as well as tools and materials to assist with the repair and rebuild programme.
The SchoolBags and other resources will be sent to Linao Central School, Ormoc, which has 1,500 pupils, aged 5 to 12, and is currently being repaired and reroofed following the typhoon.
Due to partially reopen this month, the school has lost the vast majority of its resources so the SchoolBags will allow teaching to resume, creating an invaluable opportunity to bring some routine back to the children’s lives.
Charity Liaison Officer Luke Simon said: “We are delighted to be able to support the students of Linao School, which has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
"This is the first time that School in a Bag has been able to respond directly in the aftermath of a disaster and it means a lot to think we have come full circle, given that we were born out of a natural disaster.”
More than 5,000 people died as a result of the typhoon, which hit the Philippine islands at the beginning of November.
Current estimates indicate that 14million people were affected by the typhoon and about 4million people left homeless, with about 500,000 sleeping out in the open.
Further information about the events can be found at www.schoolinabag.org/blog
People wishing to contribute towards the Philippines SchoolBags can do so by attending one of the events, by visiting www.justgiving.com/pierssimon and typing ‘Philippines’ in the comment box, or by calling the charity on 01935-849160.