Philippines Disaster Appeal launched in Eastbourne

An appeal has been launched in Eastbourne to raise money for the disaster in the Philippines following the destruction of Hurricane Haiyan this week. In addition members of the Filipino community who live in Eastbourne are selling traditional food at venues to send money to the disaster fund.

It’s estimated that 2,500 people have been killed, with more than 650,000 people loosing their homes which has prompted the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd to launch a local fundraising appeal so residents can give money directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of 14 leading UK aid organisations, including Action Aid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.

The Philippines disaster

The Philippines disaster

Stephen said, “I have been absolutely horrified to see the appalling tragedy that is happening on the other side of the world.

“Eastbourne is also a coastal town and I can’t imagine how utterly awful it must be for our fellow seaside residents, so I’d like us to try and help in a co-ordinated way.

“This is why I have set up a specific fundraising site

“I know Eastbourne really pulled out all the stops with the dreadful tsunami a few years ago and I am sure we will do so again. DEC says it is doing all it can to get aid through but they need a huge injection of funds quickly in order to do so. They have said their priorities are getting food, water and shelter to people in desperate need.”

The Filipino community will be selling traditional food to take away at St Thomas a Becket School in Tutts Barn Lane at 3pm today (Friday November 15) and again after the 11.15am Mass at St Agnes on Sunday December 8.