Deesiders send help to victims of Haiyan

Girl in the wreckage after Typhoon Haiyan.
Girl in the wreckage after Typhoon Haiyan.

A Deeside businessman has pledged to do his bit to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan with a fundraising initiative in the run-up to Christmas.

Restaurateur Abdul Hamid, known as Raj, is to host a series of festive menu evenings at his Ballater and Stonehaven Indian eateries, from which all profits will be given to The DEC Philippines Disaster Appeal.

The first events will take place at his Ballater restaurant, India on the Green, on Sunday, December 15, from noon until 11pm and on Monday, December 16, from 5-11pm.

Patrons can indulge in a three-course meal with a range of choices for just £20.

Raj has set himself and his staff the target of raising £1000 over the two days.

Typhoon Haiyan was 300 miles across when it struck the Philippines earlier in November and one of the most intense tropical storms to ever make landfall anywhere in the world.

It brought winds of over 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30 feet, which devastated coastal areas.

Thousands were killed, millions of people have been affected and those who have survived need urgent help including emergency shelter, clean water and food, as well as long-term help rebuilding their lives.

Raj was concerned that the plight of the Filipino people may become forgotten as the Western world gears up for the festive season.

He said: “This happened in my country of Bangladesh, and we helped.

‘‘Businesses around Aberdeen and shire sent thousands of pounds and now we have set up three cyclone shelters there.

‘‘It happened in Pakistan, and we helped. Now is our chance to help the people in the Philippines.

‘‘It’s important that, as people enjoy their Christmas celebrations, they can also be helping someone else on the other side of the world who has nothing.”

Meanwhile, The Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan has donated four ShelterBoxes to the relief effort for the Philippines.

Chris Engel, of the Rotary, said: “Each ShelterBox contains the essentials a family needs to survive in the aftermath of a disaster... blankets, groundsheets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a tool kit, a children’s activity pack - all vital items.”

Each box costs £590 and is funded from the club’s charity account.