Schoolchildren help typhoon victims

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Schools and churches across South Yorkshire have responded to appeals for help for the victims of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines.

They have responded to an appeal for emergency funds made by Catholic aid agency CAFOD in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which has killed and left thousands homeless.

Children from St Bernard’s RC School, Rotherham, are holding a ‘wear your Christmas jumper to school’ event.

Father Anton Pascual, one of CAFOD’s church partners in the Philippines, said: “We are reaching families across the region with food, water, tents and household items such as pots and pans.

“Transport and communications are our worst problems, but we are working to overcome these issues day by day.

“There have been reports of looting of aid on some roads, making it difficult to reach the most remote villages, but we wear our priest collars and we are able to go through. People deeply respect the church.”

Angela Powell, manager for CAFOD in South Yorkshire, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion of our supporters since we launched our appeal.

“There are so many people in the Philippines who desperately need help.

“The situation on the ground is chaotic and the logistical challenges are immense, but our partners are working around the clock to make sure relief supplies get through.

“In many areas, CAFOD’s church partners are not only uniquely placed to support those in need, but are also able to overcome some of the security challenges that other aid convoys are sadly facing.”

n Visit www.cafod.org.uk/typhoon for more details on the charity’s disaster appeal.