Lions Disaster Relief for Super Typhoon Haiyan
I want to keep you updated regarding Lions relief efforts in storm-ravaged areas of the Philippines. We immediately sent US$30,000 to provide relief early Friday morning. This was prior to initial reports of the total devastation unfolding hour by hour.
By Friday afternoon, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provided a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$100,000. But that’s not all. As the storm struck, it happened that the OSEAL Forum was underway in Singapore. The Lions from OSEAL within hours donated an additional US$370,000 designated funds for Philippines relief efforts, bringing the total funds to US$500,000.
As I said, reports are still coming in. Officials now estimate that 9.5 million are affected, half million are homeless, and the death toll is rapidly rising. Entire towns along the coast have been decimated.
There are more than 12,600 Lions in the Philippines in 380 clubs, with four clubs in Cebu, and one club in the disaster epicenter of Tacloban. Lions on the ground were already busy serving people affected by last month’s major earthquake in nearby Bohol.
We now need to help Lions give relief-aid to those affected in the weeks ahead by this tragedy. The magnitude of this storm is hard to imagine. Some weather officials are calling it the worst storm to make landfall in recorded history. To put it in perspective for some of you, the strength of Typhoon Haiyan was 3.5 times greater than Hurricane Katrina.
You can support your fellow Lions by making a donation to the Foundation’s disaster relief fund. These donations are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible and help support Lions whenever a need arises due to natural disasters.
Now is the time. They need our help. I will keep you updated in the days ahead. As always, I want to thank you for your generosity.
Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation