I am not Philipino. I am not Syrian. I am Canadian. It is in my nature to give. I’m am writing this post to appeal to you to donate to the relief fund for Typhoon Haiyan.
When I was sent this email by my local Canadian Red Cross representative to help spread the word using my social media channels I needed to heed that call. I needed to help somehow. I needed not to be indifferent or turn a blind eye. I need not to think about my children or my life. I needed to think about those families and children devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
I needed to do one small thing. I needed to find my wallet, pull out my credit card and donate. Donate what I can. It was not a huge donation but it will be an impactful one.
Partnering with Loblaw Limited and the Government of Canada, your donation to UNICEF Canada will have TRIPLE THE IMPACT. Your small donation could mean a bigger donation.
So do what I just did, I got out of bed (its 1:15 am), headed downstairs, got my wallet and made a donation… then I wrote a blog post about it so you will will consider doing the same.
Buy one less lunch, one less round of coffee for your buddies at work, one less video game for you kid. Consider this an early Christmas gift to a child you don’t know.
Below is the letter of appeal from David Morley, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada:
Please donate to UNICEF’s EMERGENCY response in support of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and your donation has the potential to TRIPLE in impact.
On Friday one of the largest typhoons ever recorded ripped through the Philippines and moved on to Vietnam where hundreds of thousands have been evacuated and are bracing for the worst.
Maximum sustained winds measured 235 km/h and wind gusts as high as 275 km/h. Initial images show trees uprooted like toothpicks, buildings demolished, homes washed away by a torrential storm surge.
A child stands little chance against this kind of storm. There are reports of 10,000 deaths in a single coastal town, up to 4 million children are believed to be living in the areas that were hit.
UNICEF prepositioned supplies in advance of the storm and is rushing staff, relief and more resources to the region. “…We know how vital it is to reach children quickly,” says UNICEF’s Philippines representative Tomoo Hozumi.
You can help this effort by donating to UNICEF’s EMERGENCY response. Every donation will triple in impact and go directly to relief efforts there.
Just three weeks ago, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked islands in the very same region. Tens of thousands of children were left homeless and living out in the open in make-shift tents.
Super Typhoon Haiyan couldn’t have come at a worse moment.
For children who have survived, clean water is a matter of life and death. Safe drinking water can be impossible to find after such a massive natural disaster. Without it, a child will drink whatever water she can find, no matter how dirty or diseased. That drink can quickly lead to diarrhea, disease and death.
UNICEF’s first priorities are to make sure every child has access to clean drinking water, essential medicines and emergency nutritional supplements. Even without a full assessment, we know tens of thousands of children are in grave danger.
Every moment matters for these children.
DONATE NOW AND TRIPLE YOUR IMPACT!
Thanks to our generous sponsors and the Government of Canada; for every dollar donated by individual Canadians to UNICEF Canada, the Government of Canada* will contribute a dollar, to provide critical life saving assistance to the children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Loblaw Companies Limited, UNICEF’s generous corporate supporter will also be matching all donations for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines up to $25,000. This triples the impact of your gift.
The last few months have been heartbreaking for children in Syria and now the Philippines. You’ve done so much already, but this is urgent and children’s lives are on the line. I’m asking for your support again.
Thank you for your compassion, your selflessness and your generosity in the face of such a heartbreaking crisis.
President & CEO | UNICEF Canada
This post is a genuine appeal for your help. All opinions are my own. I don’t like to ask of people what I would not do myself.
Disclosure: This is a Public Service Announcement for the YMCA #YHealthyKids Day provided by @DownshiftingPRO. No compensation (either monetary or for products or services) was received for this blog post. To find other interesting PSA posts, please go to my PSA Pinterest Board. Pictures have been provided and credited to the YMCA of Greater Toronto and used with their permission.