Oxley Holdings to match public donations dollar for dollar, up to S$1 million
13 November 2013 – The Singapore Red Cross’ fundraising efforts have been bolstered by Oxley Holdings’ commitment to match public donations to its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Appeal, dollar-for-dollar, for up to S$1 million.
Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon ever to make landfall in recorded history, has left a trail of destruction across nine regions of the Philippines affecting an estimated 10 million people. Based on official figures from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council as of 11 November 2013, 1,744 lives have been lost, 2,487 injured, 600,000 displaced, close to 14,000 homes destroyed and nearly 9,800 damaged. There is further expectation that these figures will rise significantly in the coming days as assessments are still in progress.
“We are very lucky to be based in Singapore, where we are shielded from natural disasters. The devastation and loss caused by Typhoon Haiyan is quite shocking. It will be difficult for survivors of this disaster to overcome the hardship that they face now. We are in a position to help, and it is only right that we do so. I hope that Oxley’s dollar-for-dollar pledge will inspire other Singaporeans to chip in and relieve the suffering by supporting Singapore Red Cross’ urgent work,” said Mr Ching Chiat Kwong, Executive Chairman & CEO, Oxley Holdings.
“We thank Oxley Holdings for their support. I believe the initiative would catalyst more donations, which would allow more humanitarian aid to be delivered to survivors in need. Over the past few days, we have witnessed an outpouring of compassion from the people of Singapore – we are grateful to everyone who’s come forward to help,” said Mr Lim Theam Poh, Deputy Secretary General, Singapore Red Cross.
Since it issued its appeal for donations on 11 November, the Singapore Red Cross has received over $145,000 in donations from members of the public, and $200,000 from the Singapore Government.
Singapore Red Cross relief efforts to date:
- Contributed $100,000 in emergency relief supplies
- Dedicated fundraising appeal to receive donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts
- Hotlines for ‘Restoring Family Links’ service to assist Singaporeans and Filipinos in locating their family members who may have been affected by the disaster and with whom they have difficulty contacting.
- Deploying a team of Singapore Red Cross volunteers and staff to the affected areas in Visayas on 14 November, to help with the distribution of relief items.
- Preparing three medical teams on standby for deployment in the coming weeks.
To find a family member (Restoring Family Links)
For assistance, please call the Singapore Red Cross at its hotlines 6664 0501/6664 0502 with details of your missing family member.
Please visit the Red Cross House at 15 Penang Lane Singapore 238486, from 9am to 7pm (Mon-Fri) 9am to Noon (Sat-Sun), or post your cheque to ‘Singapore Red Cross Society’ at the above address. Please indicate ‘Red Cross Haiyan Relief’ on the back of the cheque, along with your name, contact no. and address.
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*The Typhoon Haiyan Appeal is now closed. Funds raised through this appeal has been and will continue to be used to:
- provide emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan
- to deploy missions to assist in initial assessments, relief, recovery and longer term disaster management operations; and
- support the work of our Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in both rehabilitation and longer term community resilience programmes in the affected areas.
For any public appeals, the Singapore Red Cross will not deduct more than 5% of the funds raised to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and rehabilitation needs of the people in the affected areas, Singapore Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency preparedness and/or community programmes initiatives for disaster affected communities.