Oak Ridge students check out the ShelterBox tent during lunch. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

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Interact students help typhoon victims

By From page A3 | December 04, 2013

When a typhoon devastated the Philippines last month, a country already reeling from a damaging earthquake, Oak Ridge High School Interact Club members jumped into action.

Spurred by media and communications officer Axel Peralta, who personally knows storm victims, the club began raising money for ShelterBox and United Nation’s World Food Programme. Students set up tables at well-attended ORHS football games and recently they set up something special on campus — a ShelterBox tent nearly identical to the tents currently in the Philippines housing thousands of displaced residents.

“I thought this was a great opportunity for Interact Club to get involved in our international community,” said Interact President Uma Dingankar.

This week, club members will count the cash and send it off to the organizations.

ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. This is the 15th time ShelterBox has deployed in the Philippines, according to local ShelterBox Ambassador Bill Tobin, who supplied the tent set up on campus. The non-profit has responded to more than 230 disasters worldwide. For current information on ShelterBox typhoon relief in the Philippines visit shelterboxusa.org/typhoon.

The United Nation’s World Food Programme gets “food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives,” according to the organization’s website. For more information on its efforts in the Philippines visit wfp.org/donate/typhoon-philippines-a.

 

Noel Stack

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