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Intrepid Group Raises Funds For Philippines Typhoon Appeal

November 14, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Australia’s largest adventure travel company, The Intrepid Group, has announced its support for the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal in response to the massive devastation in the Philippines from the Super Typhoon.

One of the most powerful typhoons on record, Haiyan destroyed thousands of homes as it tracked across central Philippines before going on to strike Vietnam. Winds of more than 300km/h, flash flooding and landslides have left families without shelter, food and water, and thousands of people are feared dead.

The Intrepid Group is encouraging travellers to give to the appeal by offering to match all donations to the Red Cross received through The Intrepid Foundation’s special Philippines Disaster Appeal, up to AU$20,000 (up to a maximum of AU$5,000 total per donor). All donations will go directly to the Red Cross, with any administration costs entirely funded by the Intrepid Group.

“We’d like to extend our condolences to the many, many people in the Philippines affected by this awful tragedy and do what we can to help” says James Thornton, Managing Director of the Intrepid Group. “South-East Asia is a part of the world that is close to our hearts and to those of our travellers, and we hope the Intrepid Foundation appeal will encourage people to give generously”.

The Intrepid Group consists of leading small group adventure operators Intrepid Travel, Peregrine, Peregrine Reserve,Geckos, Adventure Tours Australia and The Family Adventure Company. Through each of these brands, The Intrepid Group offers over 1000 trips in more than 100 countries, including tours to both the Philippines and Vietnam.

“Fortunately, the Intrepid Group did not have any tours running in the Philippines when the typhoon struck, however, it has deeply affected the lives of many local tourism operators, including our own staff and their families. We hope recovery is swift so they can all get back on their feet and continue to see travellers through such a wonderful country,” said James Thornton.

Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground in the disaster-affected communities, helping people evacuate and providing emergency first aid and relief supplies.

Funds raised through this appeal will be used by the Red Cross to:

  • Provide emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan (including the Philippines and Vietnam)
  • Support water and sanitation, shelter and health initiatives in affected areas
  • Send specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessments, relief, recovery and longer term disaster management operations
  • Support Red Cross longer term programs and the work of Red Cross Red Crescent partners in the affected areas.

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