Pro surfer makes final push to reach Philippines target
A PROFESSIONAL surfer from Newquay is trying to raise £2,000 to help those affected in the Philippines typhoon – by tomorrow morning.
Alan Stokes needs just over £100 to make the ambitious target but is due to close the appeal at 9am tomorrow and is appealing to the public to help him reach it in time.
The 32-year-old said he wanted to do his bit to help those affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, believed to be one of the deadliest storms in the country's history, which caused widespread loss of life as well as destruction to homes, business and infrastructure.
He said: "As a surfer I get quite a lot of enjoyment out of the weather and storms, it's captivating but at the other end of the spectrum it can completely destroy places and even kill people.
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"I thought that was a reason to do it. I thought I could try to use my name to raise some money to help.
"I do not have a connection with the Philippines, I have no family there and have never been there myself. I just wanted to do my bit."
Typhoon Haiyan affected 14 million people and left more than 6,000 people dead when it struck the central Philippines on November 8. More than 100,000 of those affected are still living in evacuation centres.
Alan is raising money for Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella organisation which launches and co-ordinates responses to major disasters overseas and has set up Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.
He has set up a justgiving page and has so far raised £1,855.11, but hopes to reach £2,000 by tomorrow morning.
Alan said it was important people helped where they could.
He said: "We're certainly going to see a lot more of this happening and we have to help how we can.
"We all live in excess this end of the globe. If we all come together as citizens of this planet we can really help and make a difference.
"[The fundraising] has been a joint effort. I set up the page but so many friends have helped and shared it, as well as all the surf media.
"A big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to donate to the cause and share it on social media."
To donate to Alan's cause visit his justigiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Alan-Stokes