December 2013: Raising money for the Philippines typhoon victims

A CARING student inspired others to help raise money for victims of the Philippines typhoon in November.

Li San Tang, a Year 13 student at Haslingden High School, collected £700 from students by selling wristbands and asking for donations.

The 17-year-old said: “A group of like-minded students and I went round the form rooms and asked people for money and they were very generous.

“I have a friend whose family is from the Philippines and I had seen the pictures of what happened and wanted to do something to help.

“I thought what happened was horrific. We take so much for granted. We think £20 is nothing but in cases like this it can do so much for other people.

“As a school we do a lot for charity ranging from collecting food for the Christmas hampers to our Xmas Factor talent show and whole school annual charity day.”

A further £700 was raised by North Tameside Scouts, where Haslingden High’s Head of Year 8, Heather Pearce is a leader.

Nearly 6,000 people have been confirmed dead after Typhoon Haiyan tore through six Philippine islands. Nearly 2,000 more are still missing.

Li San Tang led the fund-raising group which included: Year 13s Daniel Povey, Zafana Mehmood, Amy-Lee Haynes, Lauren Dawes, Elena England, Tahir Ahmed, and Year 12s Tom Chapman and Alex McCann.