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.
MARAMING SALAMAT PO.
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.
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.