Rise Up Ride On
Sinéad Nicholson is a local woman currently volunteering with a group in the Philippines called All Hands. This disaster response organisation focusses mainly on meeting the housing needs (both temporary and permanent) of those affected by the typhoon. So far they have built 146 transitional shelters and 2 progressive core homes in Tacloban in the Philippines.
Six of the volunteers are embarking on a gruelling fundraising bike ride in November, following the destructive path of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines in December last year. The volunteer team will be cycling over 300km in the path of the typhoon, and stopping in communities along the way to interact and find out ways they can help.
Sinéad is hoping that fellow Tassie riders will help by supporting the ride. Their goal is to raise 1.1 million pesos, which is the same number as the number of homes destroyed in the typhoon. The money raised will go towards building typhoon-resistant permanent homes for nine families that are still living in tents or sub-standard housing. And a family there usually means 5 or 6 children!
The riders are looking for sponsorship of the bikes or smaller things like shirts, bottles etc and well as general donations. You can find out more and follow the ride through their Facebook page.
To find out more about All Hands and to donate to the ride, visit their web page.