An Unusual, But Urgent, Request.

My regular readers know that I try to avoid “heavy” topics. Sure, I’ll memorialise our veterans and sing their praises. But otherwise, I try to keep things humourous and light around here. But today, I find myself having to do something quite unusual.

Most of you have heard of the Bataan (pronounced bat-a-AN, as I was pointedly instructed by a Filipino friend) Death March. What is rarely mentioned is the number of Filipinos who died side-by-side with our soldiers, whether as soldiers or as civilians trying to give food and water to our soldiers. They watched and reported on the Japanese occupiers, and aided our efforts in retaking the Philippines in 1944.

Now is our opportunity to pay them back. The devastation from Typhoon Haiyan is beyond words. While ships are headed to Tacloban, Cebu, and others, their top speeds are little more than 35mph. Most runways are short or out of service (or both), limiting where civilian airliners can land. The helicopter-airplane hybrid V-22 Ospreys fly less than half as fast as a Boeing or Airbus, and the Blackhawk and Chinook helos fly slower than those. It will take time, a LOT of time, to get aid into the devastated areas. And as every day passes, more people die, more become sick, and the disease and deprivation grow beyond belief.

So please, whatever you can possibly give, please support the relief efforts. You can check with your local news channels for approved charitable organisations. The Red Cross is always a safe bet. But regardless of which agency you choose, or however you choose to help, I ask you … no, I beg you, on behalf of the good, decent people of the Philippines, please do whatever you can. And thank you, for allowing me to impose on you in this way

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10 Responses to An Unusual, But Urgent, Request.

  1. benzeknees says:

    Thanks for reminding us John! They are in my prayers.

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  3. Road Dave says:

    A similar posting on http://roaddave.wordpress.com as well. Please repost or link to either posting to spread the word.

    • I think what a lot of people don’t realise is just how wide-spread an island cluster the Philippines are, the huge number of small islands, and the sorely lacking infrastructure. Most of the supplies have to go by small boat, at what, 10-15 mph? At least we’ve gotten a few of those wonderful Ospreys in there. Hopefully, with Australian and US ships showing up with helos, things will start to improve – or at least, slow in growing worse.
      Thanks for that post, my friend. The more people who hear, the better.

  4. rarasaur says:

    Great call to arms, John. Good on you for spreading the word!

  5. tom says:

    Yes Manny Pacquau can’t do it all. Despite all the tragedies volcanos, earthquakes and hurricanes, the Phillipines doesn’t have a FEMA agency. That may be good and bad news as donations to solid charities usually do the best job

  6. Well said John. I personally donated to the Red Cross and hope we all can do a small bit to help those unfortunate folks. What a tragedy.

  7. fasab says:

    Good call, my friend. Thanks.

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