Matt Wilkie left St John’s six years ago to make his home in Minglanilla, Cebu

Worcester News: TYPHOON HAIYAN: Thousands have lost their homes and desperately need food. TYPHOON HAIYAN: Thousands have lost their homes and desperately need food.

A Worcester man living in the Philippines will join the relief effort to distribute food and water to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Matt Wilkie left St John’s six years ago to make his home in Minglanilla, Cebu, and last week told your Worcester News of the devastation left by the storm.

He described how friends were stunned by seeing bodies in the street and how buildings were wrecked after the storm hit on Friday, November 8.

At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have lost their homes and desperately require food, water and shelter. He said: “We will leave on Sunday to go to San Remigio.

“I have put £120 of aid together out of my wallet and so far another £200 has been added by friends.

“We are looking to head up and give food and water in the area.

“There is no power which means the city water distribution is also down. Only wells like you see in old movies are available and the houses are pretty much flattened. People are hungry, thirsty and needing shelter.”

Mr Wilkie, a dad-of-three, said some help was now reaching people with feeding programs set up in Cebu.

He has sent these pictures of efforts currently under way to clean up and help those affected by the tragedy.

l Children from a Worcester secondary school have raised £1,335 for the Philippines relief effort.

Pupils at Christopher Whitehead Language College dressed in their own clothes to help raise the money.

They will donate their money to the Philippines Disaster Agency (dec.org. uk).

l Generous people in Droitwich have donated £1,688 to help people in the Philippines through a collection organised by the Droitwich Lions.

Lions were on the town streets at the weekend to collect the donations and will now use the money to buy Lifesaver water filtration systems.

The water filters which cost £190 each will help provide desperately-needed drinkable water and will be provided via volunteer members of Lions clubs in the Philippines.

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7:44am Fri 6 Dec 13

Matt Wilkie says...

We ended up taking a food convoy to Northern Cebu, took a lot of photos but the devastation there was similar to a warzone. Nearly every home had no roof and as we waited for our allocation to where we should take aid at the local town hall the guttering swayed hanging from the building.

Its something that I won't forget but also there is more to do..
We ended up taking a food convoy to Northern Cebu, took a lot of photos but the devastation there was similar to a warzone. Nearly every home had no roof and as we waited for our allocation to where we should take aid at the local town hall the guttering swayed hanging from the building. Its something that I won't forget but also there is more to do.. Matt Wilkie
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