UCS staff and student fundraising for hurricane relief

UCS Ipswich, Spread the Red event for Phippines Hurrican relief

UCS Ipswich, Spread the Red event for Phippines Hurrican relief - Credit: Archant

Fundraising at the Waterfront for Philippines relief

Staff and students at University Campus Suffolk are planning a special event to help support relief work in the Philippines

On Friday 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, struck the east coastal provinces of Samar and Leyte in the Philippines.

It headed west, sweeping across six Philippine Islands. With reported winds over 190mph it was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.

Millions of people have been affected; some who had already been left homeless by the earthquake that struck in mid-October.

Oxfam plans to reach 500,000 of the worst-affected people with life-saving supplies.

Their teams of local, regional and UK staff are already on the ground in Cebu, Leyte and Samar, and will work with local organisations to provide clean water, food and sanitation facilities. We know from other natural disasters that it can take years for people to rebuild their lives, but we can help them make a start.

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On Monday November 25 students and staff at UCS Ipswich will be doing their bit to help make a difference.

Students and staff will be encouraged to donate £1 to the cause and wear something red to show their support.

In addition, a fundraising event including activities such as a tombola and a cake sale will run all day in the Foyer of the Waterfront Building. Emma Crossley, Regional Fundraising Manager - East Anglia, for Oxfam GB will also give a talk about the work of Oxfam and the Philippines appeal as part of the event.

For more information on the UCS event contact course leader Laura Locke, on 01473 338585 or l.locke@ucs.ac.uk.

To donate to the Oxfam Philippines Appeal visit www.oxfam.org.uk/PhilippinesTyphoon