Gift of the Givers releases R2 million with immediate effect to purchase essential supplies for thousands of victims affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, regarded as the greatest typhoon in human history to strike the Philippines. The scale of the devastation is catastrophic but clear details have not emerged yet as many centres are inaccessible and cut-off from communication. A call has been made for international assistance as the dead toll mounts (10 000-20 000) and the number of homeless escalates (in excess of 100 000). The provision of food, water, shelter, blankets and medical supplies is a rapidly escalating emergency as desperation leads to looting in some districts; a common phenomenon in most natural disasters. In addition to the funds released Gift of the Givers is considering deploying a rescue, paramedic and medical team if necessary and officially launches a nationwide campaign to obtain further emergency assistance. The following options are presently under consideration: purchasing supplies in Philippines, air-lifting items from Dubai with immediate effect, shipping supplies from Dubai and shipping supplies from South Africa allowing for instant and varrying degrees of arrival times of the required items. Cash contributions and items in kind will be greatly appreciated. Cash contributions to Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Account Number 052278611, Branch code 057525. Please fax or email deposit slip with contact details, use “typhoon” as reference. For quick contributions sms “gift” to 30100 from your Vodacom number or to 42600 from any other network. Please state any figure from R10 to R200, for example, “Gift” R100. From Vodacom we receive 100% of funds; from other networks 80%. Items including non-perishable foodstuff, new blankets, linen, towels, clothing, pot sets, sanitary pads, disposable nappies and relevant medical supplies can be sent to any of our offices or warehouses. Container loads of the above supplies from corporates will be highly appreciated. Highly-qualified search and rescue personnel with advanced life support and primary health care paramedic skills as well as medical personnel in general are welcome to send us their details in the event volunteers will be dispatched. Details 0800786911.