Typhoon Haiyan: Brunei continues to pour in aid

Typhoon Haiyan: Brunei continues to pour in aid
An employee washing a car of a customer to raise funds for Supertyphoon Haiyan victims during the AITI Car Boot Sale.

Bruneian organisations continued to pour in relief aid for Supertyphoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

The Brunei Shell Joint Venture companies launched a donation appeal to encourage its staff to contribute funds via an online account, a press statement said.

Comprising Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, Brunei Shell Tankers and Brunei Shell Marketing, the group of companies will collect funds and present it to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as the agency managing the Humanitarian Fund for the Philippines.

The companies have also set up a collection centre at the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre in Seria where relief goods such as food, water and other basic items can be dropped off.

According to the statement, response towards the appeal has been overwhelming. Boxes of clothes, bags of rice, packaged food and cartons of bottled water, were received at the collection centre.

Another collection point was set up at the Brunei Shell Marketing office where staff based in the capital can send their donations.

Volunteers have also written "Letters of Hope" that offer words of encouragement and hope to those affected by the typhoon.

The letters will be sent to the Philippines and distributed together with the care packages being handed out on the ground.

Royal Dutch Shell plc this week announced that it is donating US$2.5 million to the Philippines as part of rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts, the statement read.

Meanwhile, startup Socialbuzz is using its technologies to lend a helping hand to victims of the Supertyphoon Haiyan.

The iCentre incubatee turned to its online group buying site Socialdeal and online supermarket Socialmart to drive public donations in the form of packaged food and drinking water.

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