East Kent Provincial 2013 News

Help for the Philippines

More great work from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, following the recent typhoon

Doesn’t it make you proud? In the wake of the recent typhoon, the President of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity approved an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide immediate disaster relief across the region for much needed Hygiene Kits for 8,500 families.

Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda) was the strongest storm ever to make landfall, and one of the most powerful ever recorded, with reports of winds over 190mph which caused widespread damage and loss of life. It struck the east coastal provinces of Samar and Leyte on Friday 8 November before heading west to sweep through six central Philippine islands.

Millions of people have been affected, including many who were already left homeless by the earthquake that struck in mid-October.

It is estimated that 10,000 people have been killed.

Many towns have been affected by the typhoon; Tacloban, Leyte Province, largely flattened by a massive storm surge; Guiuan, Samar Province with a population of 40,000 has been destroyed; assessments in the far north of Cebu Province, had shown that some towns had suffered 80-90% damage and Baco, a city of 35,000 people in Oriental Mindoro Province was 80% under water.

Thank you for your continued support of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity during the final run-in to the 2014 Festival. This is one more tremendous example of how your money really is put to very good use indeed.