Australian SRT member and Rotarian, Greg Moran has recently returned from deployment in the Philippines, helping house victims of Super-Typhoon Haiyan. Greg, a civil engineer from Inverell NSW, has previously deployed to the Philippines as well responding to disasters in Indonesia, Turkey and Tasmania.
Greg worked with an SRT in and around Leyte and Bantayan, conducting needs assessments and distributing ShelterBox aid. Greg said of their work in Batayan,
“The eastern side of the island took the brunt of the damaging winds, so much of the aid was deployed there. There was a total of about 1300 tents and boxes that had been distributed mainly in the south and east of the island …… Sometimes the distance between locations or the distance to walk and carry the tents or boxes was quite long and it was hard work as most wanted their tents near their houses ……. It was very hot and humid and placing tents in individual locations was slow and time-consuming with lots of walking, and we really appreciated our work teams’ assistance, they were great workers and we told them so. They were long days, leaving early and always arriving home at our accommodation after dark. Our teams worked well together and with local teams and we left Bantayan on a positive note.”
ShelterBox continues to work in the affected areas of the Philippines and at present we have a further 2 Australian SRT members deployed there. We look forward to hearing from Peter Pearce and Anthony Keating when they return