MANILA, Philippines – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) have teamed up to donate US$250,000 (about P10.5M) to the US Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in areas ravaged by super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan), an NBA statement said.
The statement cited latest estimates that as many as 4 million children have been affected by the disaster, and the donation will aid UNICEF in providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine. (READ: Want to help? Check this list.)
The NBA Family will also be helping to raise awareness for the urgent support needed in the Philippines. Miami HEAT Coach Erik Spoelstra, whose mother hails from San Pablo, Laguna, will appear in a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Public Service Announcement to help raise funds for relief efforts.
UNICEF is mobilizing therapeutic food for children, as well as kits containing health, water and hygiene supplies, from stocks already available in the country, to support up to 3,000 families in the affected areas. As soon as access is possible, these supplies will be distributed to the hard-hit area of Tacloban.
UNICEF is airlifting $1.3 million worth of additional supplies from its warehouse in Copenhagen for another 10,000 families, including those affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol. The shipments contain water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarps, and micronutrient supplements.
In October this year, the country hosted its first NBA game where the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers played a preseason game before Filipino fans. The players, coaching staff and some NBA legends also hosted basketball clinics for children throughout their stay.
For more information on how to help visit visit www.unicefusa.org/philippines. – Rappler.com