Nova Scotia is contributing $50,000 to disaster relief efforts in the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Nov. 14.
“All Nova Scotians were saddened to see the incredible devastation inflicted on the people of the Philippines by the recent storm,” said Premier McNeil.
“Our contribution to the relief efforts will help provide some comfort and support to survivors.”
On Nov. 8, the Philippines was severely affected by the typhoon, with lives lost and extensive damage, including landslides and flooding that have left many people homeless. The provincial donation will go to the Red Cross, which is working to meet the needs of those affected by the storm.
“Every Filipino in Nova Scotia, more than 2,000 strong, is bound to know of some friend or relative whose life has been forever altered by the wide swath of destruction brought about by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan),” said Leslie Gatan, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Canada. “I am very much heartened by the outpouring of support and solidarity from our friends in Nova Scotia, and the generosity of the provincial government, led by Premier Stephen McNeil, during these very trying times.
“The contribution conveys a truly sincere and genuine compassion towards the Filipino-Canadian residents of Nova Scotia, and will certainly go a long way in facilitating the delivery of the basest of needs of those severely affected by the storm, and further sustain their courage to meet the challenge of rebuilding anew.”
“Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines and their families and friends in Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to donate, if they can, to help provide relief in this catastrophic situation.”
To donate, visit www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-typhoon-haiyan-fund .