Today, the Rangers Charity Foundation is donating £10,000 to UNICEF’s appeal in response to the appalling devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
An estimated 11.3 million people have been affected by the disaster in the Philippines. More than four million are believed to be children.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed and roads have been blocked by debris and collapsed buildings. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people have been killed. Many who survived are in urgent need of food, clean water, shelter and power.
Connal Cochrane, Manager of the Rangers Charity Foundation commented, “Many of us have seen on the news the terrible pictures of Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever to have made landfall in the world, which hit the Philippines last Friday.
“The stories emerging of those whose lives have been shattered by this disaster are truly shocking and on behalf of the Rangers Family, the Foundation wants to support those affected and help our International Charity Partner UNICEF in its efforts to get help to those who desperately need it as quickly as possible.”
UNICEF UK Executive Director, David Bull, said ‘UNICEF UK responded immediately to the tragedy in the Philippines to reach children whose lives have been thrown into chaos by this powerful typhoon. Children are in need of our help now and we are responding with an immediate airlift of water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements.
‘I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the Rangers Foundation for this generous donation for the children of the Philippines.
‘Today we received news that the first batch of UNICEF’s emergency supplies have reached Tacloban.”
UNICEF is on the ground and engaged in the immediate relief effort. Staff are assessing the full impact of the typhoon and the amount of aid needed to keep children safe and protect lives. UNICEF needs to be able to respond quickly to this need and the Foundation’s contribution will help fund the delivery of essential supplies such as medicine, clean water, and hygiene packs to children and families.
Rangers Manager Ally McCoist commented, “No-one can fail to be moved by the scenes on television showing the terrible aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan so it’s great that the Foundation is able to respond in this way on behalf of Rangers fans everywhere and show our support for the children of the Philippines.
UNICEF UK has launched an emergency appeal for funding to support its response to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Please support UNICEF’s work for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Visit www.unicef.org.uk/rangers-typhoon-aid or text UNICEF to 70123 to donate £3
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