Swede king to donate $100k for Philippine disaster Fund
by FFE PH News Staff
One of the mottos of the scout movement is to always be prepared. This is what World Scout Foundation (WSF) honorary head King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden wants to instill to Filipinos after the devastation brought by typhoon Yolanda.
The king just pledged $100,000 through the WSF for community training on disaster preparedness. Aside from the disaster fund, WSF chief executive John Geoghegan said the organisation is also set to give an additional $100,000 for Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) programme for streetchildren. He added that part of that donation came from Saudi Arabian King Abdullah.
The chief executive said that the king was impressed with what the BSP had accomplished to help storm-hit communities in the Visayas. He said that despite only having 16,000 members, BSP is one of the biggest and strongest scouts movement in the world.
Geoghegan added that the king had been happy and relaxed as BSP head and Philippine vice president Jejomar Binay conferred the Mt Makiling Award for dignitaries. He couldn’t help but comment ‘So in all there are two kings helping, one (Philippine) president, one vice president, and a lot of smiling scouts.
‘The name of the Philippines has to be changed (now) to the “Land of Smiles.”’
King Gustav arrived in Manila on 24 January to attend the Invitational Peace Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in their centenary year. He met with president Aquino in Malacañang before flying to Tacloban yesterday to personally see the disaster area.