It has been two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, affecting 9.5 million people and leaving 660,000 without homes.
Although Smith & Nephew does not have employees based in the Philippines, we do have family members and a distributor, as well as a driving mission to support healthcare professionals in improving people’s lives. Across the business, we have been working to understand the most pressing needs and how we can best provide assistance.
I am proud to report that in South Africa we are working to make a difference through the Gift of the Givers disaster relief organisation to support this terrible tragedy. All systems, humanly possible, are in place to ensure an effective, focused intervention by Gift of the Givers teams in the Philippines. As South Africans let us join this sincere effort to support a broken community affected by the greatest typhoon in known human history. Let's be grateful it was not our people and our families that were affected. You can SMS "GIFT" followed by an amount between R5 and R200 to 30100 from your Vodacom number or 42600 from all other networks. Or make direct deposits into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account Number 052278611, Branch Code 057525, reference "typhoon". Please email or fax deposit slip with contact details for acknowledgement. Details 0800786911.
Globally we at Smith & Nephew have offered for donation through International Health Partners (IHP) approximately half a million dollars in much-needed wound care products to assist victims of the typhoon. In addition, we will give a Company donation of £30,000 and have organised local fundraisers across the ASEAN region. We have also established a website through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to facilitate individual donations by employees. If you wish to make a personal donation to assist, you can do so via this microsite: https://www.ammado.com/community/144319/fundraising.
Judy Horne, Managing Director, Smith & Nephew, Africa Region
25 November 2013