November 14th 2013
Last week Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines with devastating effect. Thousands have been left without shelter, food, water and medicine, and the death toll continues to rise. While most of us won’t be able to get down and dirty and physically pitch in with the relief efforts, there are still some ways Hong Kongers can lend a helping hand.
With winds of 190mph, Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) is one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. Although it is still too early to report an affirmative death toll, authorities estimate that upwards of 10,000 people may have lost their lives in the disaster.
There are reports of “utter devastation” across the main city of Tacloban and the islands of Samar and Leyte, with survivors looting what little is left and even digging up water pipes in desperation.
The need for shelter and essential aid is immediate and immense, and with such a large Filipino community here in Hong Kong, the cries for help are too close to ignore. Whether it’s making a donation, shopping smart or simply eating and drinking at the right places this weekend, you too can play your part in the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort.
Attend the weekend-long fundraising event Philippine Relief, collectively organised by Hong Kong’s Filipino community. Enjoy all-you-can-eat Pino food for HK$50 on Friday November 15th, and shopping, henna, live music and more on throughout the weekend. Events will take place on Friday (5pm-10pm), Saturday (3pm-9pm) and Sunday (9am-6pm) at 11/F, #21 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Cash and kind donations will also be accepted.
If you’ve been planning on picking up some goodies for the home, be sure to shop at Marc James Design this weekend. The Ap Lei Chau furniture, lighting and accessory store will host a special Charity Warehouse Sale on November 16th, with all proceeds going towards World Vision’s work for the Philippines disaster response.
Stay in shape while helping out with Pangea Posture Fitness Systems on Saturday, November 16th. Join Kung Fu for the Philippines between 1pm and 5pm and work off the great Filipino food at one of the hourly a Wing Chun Kung Fu classes. All donations will go towards Oxfam’s Typhoon Haiyan relief effort. For more information, call 6184 6447 or email [email protected].
Drink and dance for good with an evening of live music at Hong Kong Brew House
on Saturday, November 16th. The Love From Hong Kong
fundraising event will see seven local bands strut their stuff on the stage from 1pm-6pm in support of the ShelterBox
relief efforts. Entry costs HK$200 including one standard drink, or HK$150 for students. If you can’t make it to the event, you can make a donation to ShelterBox through direct bank transfer:
SHELTERBOX (HK) LIMITED
Account No. 848-193975-838
Swift Code: HSBCHKHHHKH
Please make a note, “Love from Hong Kong”
Laughter is the best medicine, so chuckle for charity at TakeOut Comedy’s special show on Tuesday November 19th. Tickets cost HK$200 each, with all proceeds going to the International Care Ministries and their Typhoon Haiyan Relief effort. Call 2548-9099 or email [email protected] for tickets.
The Secret Sing is hosting a Open Mic/Acoustic Jam session at Fill in The Blank on November 22nd to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims. Tickets are $HK80 each, with a complimentary drink on entry. Lemonade, Coke and water are free and beer and wine are HK$10. Pizza will also be available for HK$20 a slice. Come and perform or just enjoy the music!.
Yardbird, Chino and Pirate Kitchen have joined their culinary forces to create a delicious dining event on November 24th. Gorge on the special menu and unlimited drinks for HK$1,500. The event is on a first come, first serve basis, with all profits given directly to the Philippine Red Cross.
Local 12-piece jazz/rock ensemble Shaolin Fez will be raising the roof at Backstage Live while raising money for Typhoon Haiyan on December 6th. Tickets for the Music of Amy Winehouse and More gig cost HK$150 (including one standard drink), with at least half of the ticket price going to the relief effort along with CD sales and a proportion of drink proceeds.
If you love Quarry Bay comfort food gurus The News Room, share the love simply by dining there until December 15th. An optional HK$10 will be added to each bill over the period and donated directly to the Hong Kong Red Cross.
And if art is at your heart, call in at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center
in Admiralty and pick yourself up a modern piece from the No Country: Contemporary Art from South and Southeast Asia
. The exhibition will run until February 16th, 2014, with all proceeds going to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
International Care Ministries
has created a disaster fund to provide those affected with food and medicine, along with more long-term relief efforts to help rebuild damaged homes, churches and schools. Click here
to donate online, entering ‘ICM Disaster Relief Fund’ as the ‘organisation’. Be sure to send proof of your donation to Hong Wrong
, who will donate an additional HK$100 for every effort!
Unicef Hong Kong
has already raised more than HK$850,000 for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Contribute
what you can to this impressive effort, as every dollar counts.
to help the Hong Kong Red Cross with their emergency appeal, or here
to make an online donation to Oxfam Hong Kong.
The Crossroads Foundation is asking people to compile disaster kits those in need. Visit the website
for more information on what to buy, and drop your kit off at one of the three Hong Kong stores by November 23rd.
in Hong Kong is accepting cash donations to purchase food, medicine, water and fuel for those affected. Send your donations here:
Account Number: 848-047866-838
OR mail cheques to:
Operation Migrante Sagip Kababayan
2/F., New Hall, St. John's Cathedral, 4 Garden Road, Central, HKSAR
ATTN: Dolores Balladares-Pelaez