Dutch raise Php1-B for Yolanda Victims
by FFE EU News staff
Touched by the calamity in the Visayas region, Dutch aid agencies cooperation Stichting Samenwerkend Hulporganisaties Sho started a fund drive for the benefit of the victims of typhoon Yolanda on Monday. The amount they ended up with has sent a wave of gratitude among Filipinos in Netherlands and in the Philippines.
Through televised donations campaign Giro555, the country was able to raise €1.85m — at least one euro per Dutch national — or roughly Php1 billion. The money will be coursed through organisations that are actively participating in the relief and rehabilitation operations in the country: Oxfam Novib, Terres de Hommes, Icco Kerk in Actie, Save the Children, Red Cross, Care Nederland, Unicef, Cordaid Mensen In Nood and World Vision.
A total of 54,000 calls and tweets pledging cash and support were made during the fund raiser-concert. Fundraising chairman Henri van Eeghen said ‘It is really a splendid day of getting together and feeling that we are connected in humanity here and we are connected to the Philippines.’
Filipinos who joined the event were tearful because of the extent of help the Dutch were willing to give. Prior to the event, the Dutch government and private individuals and groups have already pledged their aid to the Philippines.
Giro555 continues to receive donations for typhoon victims. The group behind the campaign plans to stage a benefit concert on the 23rd of November in the Humanity House in The Hague, Netherlands. More information can be found here.
Combined Dutch aid groups also staged similar fundraisers in previous calamities and have donated for the victims of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.