he category five ‘super typhoon’ struck the Asian nation a week ago and is known to have killed at least 3,600 people with Calvin Ayre himself personally pledging to hand over us$ 200,000 of his own money for relief efforts.
The Calvin Ayre Foundation made a similar pledge following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 and that in total, including the charitable organisation’s match, came to £155,316 (us$ 250,154).
In addition to the matching donations, The Calvin Ayre Foundation is in the process of adopting a village in the damaged area where the organisation will directly self-administer assistance to people in need. “The Philippines has become home to so many online gambling companies who are capitalising on the booming Asian gambling market,” read a statement from The Calvin Ayre Foundation.
“It’s time to repay the generosity of the Filipino people by giving as much back to the country that has given us so much. Please make a donation to a charity of your choice, we recommend the Philippine Red Cross and ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporated Sagip Kapamilya as we’re confident that the most money given will get to the people in need.”
To have The Calvin Ayre Foundation match your donation, simply e-mail a copy of your gift receipt to [email protected] “We are challenging the gambling industry to step up, reach into their pockets and give as much as they can to the Haiyan relief efforts and The Calvin Ayre Foundation will match all donations made by the online gambling industry pesos for peso up to us$ 1 million.”