AirAsia offers assistance to typhoon victims

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AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, launched a donation and relief drive amid assistance efforts from government and other nations involved in humanitarian relief in communities devastated by Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

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The multi-tiered humanitarian service includes collection of cash donations on board flights and at airports throughout the AirAsia Group network.

Also offered are free cargo space and free flights for accredited non-governmental organizations, aid and humanitarian agencies for relief efforts in addition to 250,000 free seats for overseas Filipino workers to return home.

Its AirAsia Foundation website, micrositewww.airasiafoundation.com/typhoonhaiyan, is also accepting online donations.

The AirAsia said the donation drive will run through December 31, 2013 and the total funds collected on board flights, on ground at the airports, as well as through the online microsite will be channelled towards the Philippine Red Cross for relief efforts that are being carried out in the Philippines.

The total amount that will be collected is “for long term reconstruction efforts to rebuild the communities that are affected by the typhoon.”

According to AirAsia, the foundation has coordinated with Habitat for Humanity Philippines as well as doctors from the public health service working on relief missions in areas in most need of help.

They will also mobilize volunteers from their AirAsia staff force throughout the region to assist as much as possible to locals still in desperate need of food.

Meanwhile, employees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) find their little own way of sending help.

Concerned government and private employees based at the NAIA had started donating since Wednesday used clothing, blankets, canned goods and bottled water.

Large donation boxes were placed inside every floor of the airport’s terminal.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will donate 3,000 gallons of purified water sourced from its own water station as well as clothes and other items.

Besides the aid, the MIAA will forego its annual Christmas celebration after it re-allocates P2.7-million fund to help rebuild Leyte.

MIAA Public Affairs Department head Connie Bungag said that the fund will be allocated for the construction of two classrooms school buildings in Leyte as well as in earthquake-ravaged Bohol.  Benjie L. Vergara

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