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10PGP's Philippines Appeal

Within the Launceston College learning community we have a variety of students who have come to study in the UK from different parts of the world.
One of those groups of students is from the Philippines.
As you will all be aware, on November 6th one of the largest storms recorded raged in the pacific ocean and slammed into the Philippine islands creating havoc and devastation in its path.
The deafening winds started howling around 5 a.m. Friday. That’s when the super typhoon made landfall in the eastern Philippines.
But it wasn’t the abysmal 380-kph (235-mph) wind gusts that pulverized Leyte province. It was the epic 5-meter-tall (16-foot-high) wall of ocean water that crushed the city of Tacloban, smashing houses and floating them away.
Within seconds, the storm surge ripped children out of their parents’ arms and washed them out to sea.
Three of Marvin Isanan’s daughters — ages 8, 13 and 15 — were among those torn away. Isanan and his wife later found the bodies of the two younger girls.
“Only the eldest one is missing,” Isanan said through tears. “I hope she’s alive.”
Just imagine being away from your relatives and friends in the UK to hear that whilst away, the island that you call home has been torn apart and tens of thousands of people have been killed – now millions risk starvation and death. You may not know if your families or friends are alive – nor do you know how long it will take to help the people stranded and dying from disease, starvation and dehydration.
You must be feeling isolated and very much alone!
So what can we do to help those students in our school? How can we help their families and their country – how can we offer a hand of support to show that we care?
Or should we simply sit back and spectate?
In 10PGP we have decided not to just spectate but in fact we want to participate and help. We may not be able to take any fundraising opportunities forward due to the volume of charities that we support at Launceston college; however, if the only response from this web page is to ignite an emotion of sympathy and support, which enables you to put some of your pocket money into a Philippines crisis fund charity pot then we have at least achieved something
What would we like to do:

  • Please send suggestions of fundraising opportunities to Mr Phillips @ stfpgp@launceston-college.cornwall.sch.uk
  • Take time to speak to some of our Philippine students to show that you care.
  • Put some of you pocket money away for a couple of weeks so you have your own money to pledge and support
  • Research the typhoon disaster to gain a greater understanding of what happened – be sensitive with this information as discussing it with some of our Philippine students may cause upset
  • Look at the websites and charities below to see what they are doing to support the population of this vibrant and wonderful country, now thrown into desolate and crisis times

We will let you know what has been discussed and agreed about any fundraising opportunities.
“You’re reaching out
And no one hears you cry
Remind you another dream has come undone
You feel so small and lost like you’re the only one
You want to scream because you are desperate
You want somebody, just anybody
To lay their hands on your soul
You want a reason to keep believing
That someday you’re going to see the light
You’re in the dark
There’s no one left to call
And sleep’s your only friend
Well even sleep can’t hide you from all those tears
David Archuleta
Adapted by PGP