Typhoon Haiyan

Every month at REBORN, we come together to support a cause, giving us an outlet to express our charitable desires.

This month, like many others across the world, we offered our support to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Here are some devastating facts from the disaster:

– On Dec 3, the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was recorded at 5680, with 1800 people still missing;

– Authorities fear that the number of fatalities would increase since emergency workers were retrieving more bodies as they cleared debris;

– More than 3.5 million people were displaced by the typhoon, which slammed into the easternPhilippines with record winds of more than 300km/h on November 8;

– The disaster relief agency said more than 26,000 people were injured, while more than a million homes were destroyed.

So what made us take notice?  Why the Haiyan appeal over everything else?  Was it the sheer size of this crisis?  The high death toll or the damage?  Or the fact that the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone places on Earth?

Although we didn’t experience the Haiyan typhoon, we felt bereavement for those victims, even if it was brief.

The causes of Altruism has become a long-standing mystery for philosophers and scientists alike and many agree that this behaviour stems from our personal selfish desires to perform acts that ensure our specie’s continued survival.

Well, selfish act or not, here at REBORN we like to think that offering support to those in need is the perfect way for us to give thanks for being able to enjoy the everyday things that could so easily be taken for granted.

Our thoughts and our hearts are with the victims.