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New Zealand pitches in to help Yolanda victims rise from disaster – report

/ 03:07 PM November 12, 2013

Soldiers prepare to load food supplies into a Philippine air force helicopter at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday’s Typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in the central Philippines. Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday’s disaster. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines – New Zealand has raised $500,000 to pitch in the relief efforts spurred by foreign countries for the victims of monster typhoon Yolanda, according to Television New Zealand’s (TVNZ) website.

Oxfam, an international confederation that aims to find solutions to poverty, has raised $83,000, a day after it announced its Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda’s international name) appeal.

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According to TVNZ, the aid agency has set a goal to raise $20 million globally and another $400,000 from local New Zealanders to reach the half-a-million people affected by the “Yolanda.”

Unicef-NZ, UK Christian relief and development agency Tear Fund, disability aid organization CBM and Catholic charity Caritas and Salvation Army are the other organizations helping the relief efforts for Yolanda victims,  TVNZ report said.

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The Philippines Bakery, a Filipino-owned bake shop in Christchurch, is donating some of its earnings to the victims of Yolanda.

“We can’t do everything, but we can do something to make a difference for their lives,” Daniel Mendiola told ONE News, TVNZ’s news division.

NZ gov’t to raise $2M

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the New Zealand government pledged two $2 million to support the humanitarian relief efforts, the TVNZ report added.

The additional sum is to sweeten the $150,000 it committed to the International Federation for Red Cross to support the immediate relief operations. Bong Lozada, INQUIRER.net

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