The Intrepid Group has announced its support for the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, in response to the massive devastation in the Philippines.

The group operates adventure tours in more than 100 countries, including the Philippines and Vietnam and is encouraging travellers to give to the appeal by offering to match all donations to the Red Cross received through The Intrepid Foundation’s Philippines Disaster Appeal, up to a maximum of AU$5,000 per donor (approx. £2,900) and a total of AU$20,000 (approx. £11,700). All donations will go directly to the Red Cross, with all 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.

“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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