WHITSTABLE and Herne Bay Lions Club is donating £500 in an initial response to providing life- saving relief for communities affected by the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Lions president David Brown said: "Lions Clubs provide a global network that is able to give immediate practical and financial support when such disasters strike."
The Lions Clubs International Foundation maintain a disaster fund which enables the organisation to respond immediately with 100 per cent of donations going direct to local relief efforts co-ordinated by Lions operating in affected communities. The most basic of human needs is clean drinking water and Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland have pledged £200,000 to send 1,000 Lifesaver water filtration systems. These will provide up to 20 million litres of sterile water for drinking and medical use.
The local donations will support £310,000 pledged immediately by Lions Clubs within Southeast Asia and other global fundraising activities. This money will deliver vital on-the-ground relief through volunteer members of Lions Clubs in the Philippines working closely with government officials and other agencies.
Lions Clubs in the area, including four in Cebu and one in the disaster epicentre of Tacloban, were already helping those affected by last month's major earthquake in nearby Bohol, when the latest crisis occurred.
Typhoon Haiyan has been called the worst storm to make landfall in recorded history and its devastation really is hard to imagine. President David Brown said: "As Lions, we not only help our local communities throughout the year, but are able to respond when relief is required in any community.''