Last weekend, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan, tore through the Philippines, causing widespread devastation and loss of life.
Since the typhoon struck, Arsenal Football Club’s global charity partner, Save the Children, has been working tirelessly around the clock to provide essential emergency supplies and other life-saving aid to some of the hardest hit areas of the country, meeting the needs of those children and families affected and displaced by the disaster.
To support Save the Children’s critical emergency response work on the ground, The Arsenal Foundation has made a donation to the charity, which will directly benefit up to 30,000 children. The contribution is enough to provide 200 schools with recreational materials for children, including stationery, games and footballs, while facilities are rebuilt.
Speaking in the aftermath of the disaster, Save the Children chief executive, Justin Forsyth said: “The British public has responded magnificently to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for the Philippines. Aid is on its way and we have experts on the ground in the places hit hard by the typhoon to make sure it is delivered to children and families as quickly and safely as possible.”
Since the launch of Arsenal’s global charity partnership with Save the Children in 2011, the Club has taken an active role in supporting the charity’s emergency response work.
Over the past two years, The Arsenal Foundation has made donations to the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami appeal, the East Africa Crisis response and most recently the ongoing crisis in Syria.
This level of support is only possible thanks to the generosity of players, staff and supporters, whose fundraising efforts throughout the season enable the Club to deliver its many charitable and community projects at home and overseas.
You can donate to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan either at www.savethechildren.org.uk/philippines or by phoning 0800 8148 148.
To find out more about the work of The Arsenal Foundation, visit www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation