Like many across the globe, we have been shocked to hear of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Knowing that just £25 could pay for water purification tablets for 10 families for a month, and £50 will feed a family for two weeks, we have pledged to donate £2,500 towards the Philippines Appeal.
The money we are donating to the appeal comes partly from the lecture fees we have received from the University of Surrey. This academic year, Explore will be delivering a total of 20 lectures on responsible tourism to undergraduate and postgraduate tourism students at the university. With this in mind, we think it is apt that these fees, along with an additional contribution, go towards funding vital supplies and emergency assistance to the millions whose lives have been devastated by the typhoon.
Explore operates one tour to the Philippines visiting areas that have remained unaffected by the typhoon. In line with appeals from the Philippines’ Department of Tourism, all departures are planned to go ahead as normal. Ensuring that the tour does not divert any resources away from affected areas, we will continue to visit the Philippines and economically support the local communities, businesses and charities we have contact with along the way.
Following on from the government’s pledge to match the first £5 million donated by members of the public, we would urge you to get involved and visit www.dec.org.uk. No matter how small or large your donation, every penny really does count. By donating directly, the charities can also benefit from tax relief.
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