Countrywide collection under way
A MASSIVE countrywide special collection will get under way this weekend at Catholic churches to help the Philippines.
Cardinal Sean Brady, who has written to senior church figures in the devastated country, said the "shocking destruction" had touched people's hearts.
Monies have been generously donated to the Irish aid organisations who appealed for people's financial help to get aid to the remote regions a week after the super typhoon struck, with the church collection this Sunday being split between Trocaire's work in the Philippines and war-stricken Syria.
The Irish office of Medicines Sans Frontiers said it was "overwhelmed by the generosity of donors".
Aid charity Goal said it managed to reach more than 15,000 people with supplies on Leyte and Panay Islands. It also plans to distribute in hard-areas such as Tacloban city.
Children's organisation UNICEF was delivering items such as water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins and emergency food.
All of the charities have appealed for help, with Goal seeking donations by telephoning 01 280 9779 or visiting www.goal.ie. To support UNICEF Ireland's Philippines Emergency Children's Appeal, visit www.unicef.ie or call lo-call 1850 767 999.