After leading charity events organized by Miss World in the US to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda [Haiyan], 2013 Miss World Megan Young returns to the Philippines on November 27, bringing along the donations collected in these fundraising efforts. Young expressed her happiness that they were able to collect a substantial amount from Filipinos and foreigners alike, in fundraising events set in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and New York.
Young adds that 100% of the money collected from the charity events will be given to the victims, especially in Tacloban City which was among the most devastated areas in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda. She was happy that there were so many people who were willing to help out and share what they had for the typhoon victims, yet she feels sad that there are still a lot of areas that needed attention, areas that are neglected. Young wishes to visit these areas to bring assistance and relief.
She also feels glad that plenty of volunteers and donors have helped the people in the typhoon-ravaged areas rebuild their lives after the major disaster that destroyed thousands of homes and killed more than 5,000 people based on the latest death toll.
Young, as the country’s first ever Miss World winner became the perfect person to appeal for help for the victims of Yolanda, especially because Miss World does not stop at the pageant, with winners engaging in various humanitarian missions across the world during their one year tenure.
Young also mentioned how there are now a lot of children who have no parents and parents who have no children because the storm took them away. She also feels sad that the area was totally wiped out, adding that she was able to visit the city back in the days when she was still an actress. She recalls her acting projects, of how she used to tour the city and nearby towns, and noting that her coming trip to Tacloban would surely be a whole lot different from her previous trips.
Adding that it would certainly be different from what she remembers, Young feels sure that she would have to gather strength and be emotionally prepared to visit the devastated city now. However, it really is part and parcel of her being Miss World, to visit the place and see what she can do to assist the people who had their property and lives destroyed by the super typhoon.
Fundraising Events for Miss World
In a bid to raise funds for the victims of Haiyan, Young plans to auction off the gowns she wore for the entire Miss World pageant.
Charity events attended by Young include a charity dinner last November 19 in New York, attended by a number of Filipinos and Mario Lopez de Leon Jr., the Philippine consul general in New York.
The following day, a fundraising dinner was held at the Doubletree Hilton I in Newark, New Jersey, an event that was supposedly a reception dinner to celebrate Young’s bagging the Miss World crown, the first ever for the country.
The next day, she also attended the charity dinner hosted by Maria Hellen Barber-de la Vega, the Philippine consul general in LA, set at the Beverly Hills Country Club in Los Angeles.