On 8 November 2013, the Philippines was struck by with a Category 5 storm, Typhoon Haiyan, which packed winds of up to 275 kilometers per hour, making it the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history. In the Philippines alone there were 6,268 deaths, with another 23,500 people injured. In some areas hardest hit by the storm, 90 percent of the buildings have been destroyed. Crop and livestock damage runs to several billion ringgit, and land inundated by salt water storm surges will take years before it can be arable again. The Philippine government has allocated resources to this area, but the work of restoration and recovery is expected to take years.
Together with Taylor’s University Music Club, the CSI Volunteers organized a fund-raiser to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. In November, a busking corner was set-up outside of Student Life Center at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. Various performances of singing and dancing were featuring Taylor's students were used to raise awareness and financial contributions.
Other societies such as the Taylor’s University Dance Club and the Beat Box Club also participated in this event and staged performances to draw the crowd to the donation booth. Yoong Ruey, a student of Bachelor of Graphic Design, demonstrated his finger-painting talents drawing a picture of Mother Theresa at the booth causing passers-by to stop and find out more about the situation in Philippines. Taylorians also left notes of encouragements to the victims of the typhoon to tell them to stay strong and not to give up under any circumstances. Throughout the 3-days fund-raising campaign, the CSI Volunteers were able to raise RM2,000 to be donated to the Philippines Red Cross.
Ongoing contributions to the recovery can be made to the Philippines Red Cross Website: http://www.redcross.org.ph/