The recent devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has left tens of thousands without their homes, many thousands have lost their lives and the need for urgent support is clear. We are incredibly relieved that the 25 Provokers stationed in our Manila office are safe and accounted for and we will be doing our utmost to continue to support them and their families as the Philippines begins to recover.
At times like these, with people we know and care about directly impacted, thoughtful cross-continent emails just don't feel like enough. So, we're doing what we can to make a difference. We are working with our committed team on the ground to direct funds into the right areas, focusing on Tacloban, the hometown of our team member Lace Lofranco, and one of the worst affected areas.
In the first instance, Provoke have sent $10,000 to our local team to provide food, water and medical supplies to people who need it most. Our team of Provoke volunteers are working closely with the Philippines Airforce to acquire, pack and distribute these aid packages directly to those in need.
“Rather than simply pledge funds to one of the international charities, we wanted our team in Manila to have direct input into, not only what we could supply, but where these resources would be dispatched” says Provoke’s CEO Mason Pratt. “We are immensely proud of our Manila team for putting their hands up without hesitation and being impressively brave during what can only be a very overwhelming time.”
We know there are many others whose hearts are reaching out to this crisis. “The second phase of our mission to help the Philippines is to encourage our customers and partners in New Zealand and the United States to get involved and pledge their own support. We’re hoping our challenge will bolster the chances of making a real difference to our friends in the City of Tacloban.” says Pratt.
If you would like to support our on-the-ground program, please head to the following link:
Pledge your support and together, we'll make this happen.