Authors for the Philippines – Online Auction in aid of Typhoon Survivors


There is an ongoing campaign organized by the kidlit community, particularly a group of authors from the UK, to provide support to typhoon survivors from the Philippines.  Here is an extract from Candy Gourlay’s message to the public:


We are not on the ground to share the suffering, we are not there to help pack boxes or offer comfort to those who have lost everything.

This Philippine disaster with talk of storm surges and families swept away has reminded many of the Japanese tsunami of March 2011.

At the time, a group of British authors led by young adult author Keris Stainton set up the campaign Authors for Japan. It galvanized booky people here and abroad to donate books, merchandise, manuscript critiques even character names to successfully raise more than £12k for the cause.

Keris et. Al. on hearing about the Philippines have, without hesitation, decided to go for it again with Authors for the Philippines.

On behalf of my suffering country, I thank all the kind people who are participating in this auction – let us show the world that good can follow bad. The Philippines was a poor country to start with and the road to recovery is going to be long and arduous. With your support, not only will we be able to help the victims of the disaster but make sure that they are not forgotten, even after the headlines are gone.


Bidding is from Nov. 13 (8AM GMT) – Nov. 20 (8PM GMT). Bidding will be conducted in UK Pounds, and payments will be made directly to the British Red Cross. International bids are accepted (for your reference, Manila is GMT +8). – taken from Blooey Singson’s post.

For those who are keen to be part of this, here are the FAQs of this drive, click here to know how to donate an item for auction and an index of items that are now out there.

The areas that are most hit by Typhoon Haiyan happen to be my husband’s birthplace and my mother’s hometown. We are praying that family members and friends are fine. This gesture of love and compassion is deeply appreciated. Heartfelt gratitude.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “Authors for the Philippines – Online Auction in aid of Typhoon Survivors

  1. I’m so sorry Myra for your worries, and you and your husband’s family. I have already donated to Doctors Without Borders & wish you well in this fund-raising.


  2. Catherine Johnson

    I do hope your families are safe Myra. I used to deal with some lovely people from The Philippines for work, it is heartbreaking. I’ll be donating tomorrow.


  3. I hope your family members are safe Myra. Have already donated to two organizations that I know get are first responders. Will hold your family in prayers.


  4. Prayers for your family and all affected, Myra 😦


  5. I’ll spread the word!


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