MANILA, Philippines – Schools in New Zealand are chipping in for the relief efforts in the Philippines after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
They have contributed to a larger nationwide effort, which has so far collected over NZ$750,000 (over US$614,000), and which will go toward Unicef's relief work in the calamity areas.
A November 22 segment on current affairs program Campbell Live described how "hundreds of schools throughout New Zealand" are raising funds to give to Unicef for Philipine typhoon relief. The fundraising efforts among the schools varied, but included food sales, dances, and games.
Aside from the money raised by the schools, there are donations by Kiwis through SMS messages, matched donations from New Zealand businessman Gareth Morgan, and lump sum donations from individuals and groups.