Ennepetal. In a global fundraising campaign, DORMA employees collected a total of €6,500 for the victims of deadly Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large areas of the Philippines in November 2013. The management board subsequently doubled the amount raised, meaning that DORMA is donating €13,000 in total to the Red Cross disaster relief fund for the Philippines.
“We have a very special relationship with the Philippines: it was just in September 2013 that we proudly announced the formation of an independent DORMA company in the capital Manila and an office in Cebu as part of our DORMA 2020 growth strategy,” said DORMA CEO Thomas P. Wagner. “This means that the global DORMA family also has a home in the Philippines – and we very much hope that we will be able to play a small part in rebuilding the country with our donation.”
“We are helping those affected to rebuild their lives, which is something that will take years,” said Christof Johnen, head of International Cooperation at the German Red Cross. The Red Cross is already planning the reconstruction of the country, while acute disaster relief continues apace. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is in charge of an extensive and complex emergency aid operation. As well as ensuring safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, aid workers on the ground are involved in providing health care and are coordinating the distribution of relief goods, food and drinking water as well as the provision of temporary accommodation. “Literally every euro counts in our work – and so we truly appreciate the great generosity of DORMA’s employees,” added Johnen.
Typhoon Haiyan destroyed many regions in the Philippines. The storm swept across the country at speeds of up to 235 miles per hour, with the high winds causing a storm surge. According to the Red Cross, around 6,000 people lost their lives. A total of 14 million people were affected by the natural disaster, which left 4 million homeless after more than 1 million houses were destroyed by the storm.