Ipswich: Charity football match to help in the Philippines

Staff from IV Offshore in Ipswich Waterfront are taking part in a charity football match on Tuesday

Staff from IV Offshore in Ipswich Waterfront are taking part in a charity football match on Tuesday November 19 to raise money to help survivors after the hurricane in the Philippines - Credit: Archant

Ipswich businesses fundraising for Hurricane Haiyan relief

Two Ipswich-based companies will be taking part in a charitable football match to help raise much needed funds for the DEC appeal in aid of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Players from IV Offshore (on Ipswich waterfront) will line up against a team from Seven Social Care (based at The Havens in Ipswich) with the aim of raising at least £2,000 for the appeal.

To help them reach their target, all players have agreed to make a charitable donation and each company will be donating £25 for each goal conceded. Both teams are encouraging spectators to come along and watch the match, which will take place at Goals Ipswich on Tuesday evening (kick off, 5pm).

Dan Stephenson from IV Offshore said: “The scale of the typhoon has been unbelievable. As an off-shore recruitment company, we have extremely strong links to the Philippines as we have an office based in Manila. Some of our staff have been affected by the storm, so it is very close to our hearts. We really want to raise as much money as possible, and we have pledged to make a donation for every goal that we concede – whilst I’m sure this will mean we won’t enjoy the final score, we hope it will make a difference to such an important appeal.”

His thoughts were echoed by Richard Cooke from Seven Social Care who said: “Like most people in the country, we have been shocked by the impact of this typhoon. We take for granted how lucky we are in the UK, and we really want to help all of those who have been affected by the storm. Together, we want to raise at least £2,000 for the DEC appeal and I hope as many people as possible will help us reach our target.”

It is estimated that over 11 million people have been affected across the Philippines, with the death toll currently standing at 3,621 (as of Friday) with a further 3,804 injured. The UN estimates that 90% of housing has been destroyed and 2.5 million people are in need of food aid.

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To donate to the appeal, please see www.justgiving.com/IVOFFSHORE

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