Collection drive for the Philippines

Posted by Peter MUIR

The DC community would be acutely aware of the unfolding disaster in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The storm has caused unprecedented death and damage.

This disaster affects all of us in that there would be few DC families without a Filipino connection (either as parents, students or aunties/helpers), the scale of the tragedy is appalling and immediate, and it has occurred in a country with limited resources to respond effectively.

Our college has had literally dozens of students, parents and staff asking how best they can help with this. As such, our approach is being driven by the students themselves, and is outlined below:

Collection of essential goods
A group of DC students are leading a collection drive for needed goods that will be delivered through the Remar Charity organisation to areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Our students will be collaborating with other community initiatives to get essential supplies to those in need. The school invites all members of the DB community to donate to this collection, which will be located and manned at the front entrance of the College from tomorrow morning, Thursday 14 November and running through until the end of next week.

If you are able to donate goods, please read the list below, as it is important that we only collect and send essential supplies at the moment.

Items to make up Kitchen Kits:

  • Durable small cooking pots with well fitting lids
  • Plastic basins / tubs
  • Metal kitchen knives
  • Wooden spoons
  • Plastic plates
  • Metal spoons
  • Plastic mugs
  • Mosquito coils
  • Can openers
  • Candles (10-15 cms long) and matches
  • Canned goods that can be preferably be easily opened opened (sardines/tuna, corned beef, luncheon meat, pork & beans)

Items to make up Hygiene Kits:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Items suitable for a basic first aid kit (plasters, paracetamol, bandages, saline solution, slings, etc)
  • Large tubes of toothpaste
  • Bars of antibacterial soap
  • Face cloths (small face towels)
  • Bottles of shampoo
  • Small towels
  • Disposable razors
  • Laundry detergent (biodegradable, if possible).
  • Feminine sanitary napkins

Raising of money
The student group is also initiating a dress casual day on Friday 22 November to show our solidarity with those affected by the disaster. They have asked that all staff and students dress in the colours of the flag of the Philippines, and make a small cash donation that will then be donated to an approved orgnisation who is directly working in the areas hit by the typhoon.