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En route to The Philippines

En route to The Philippines

Almost 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid from Ireland is on its way to The Philippines, following the departure of the specially-commissioned GOAL-Aer Lingus flight from Dublin Airport at 8.10am this morning (Sunday, November 24th).

Once again, the people of Ireland have been extraordinarily generous, particularly considering the short time frame we were operating in

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The relief supplies, which were donated by the Irish people in recent days, will be used by GOAL to assist some of the millions of people who were affected by the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan just over two weeks ago.

The Aer Lingus A330 plane is due to touch down in Dubai this evening (Sunday) at 7.55pm local time. GOAL will then arrange onward transportation of the stocks to The Philippines, where they will be distributed by the aid agency over the coming days and weeks.

The supplies include aqua tabs, emergency medical equipment, assorted food items, shelter materials and many other essential items.

“Companies from all across the country, including some of our most trusted suppliers, responded to GOAL’s request for aid stocks over the past few days,” said GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews. “The Irish Defence Forces were just one of those to come forward, donating materials valued at almost €60,000, while the Construction Industry Federation provided another €10,000 worth of stock.

“Once again, the people of Ireland have been extraordinarily generous, particularly considering the short time frame we were operating in. I would also like to sincerely thank everyone at Aer Lingus for arranging and putting on this flight, and for the cockpit, cabin crew and operations staff employees, who volunteered their free time.”

GOAL will use their network of local partners on the ground to distribute the aid across the affected region. The aid agency has already reached almost 17,000 people across Leyte and Panay - two of the worst-hit islands. They are planning more distributions in Tacloban city in the coming days.

"Companies from all across the country, including some of our most trusted suppliers, responded to GOAL’s request for aid stocks over the past few days" said GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews. “The Irish Defence Forces were just one of those to come forward, donating materials valued at almost €60,000, while the Construction Industry Federation provided another €10,000 worth of stock.

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"Once again, the people of Ireland have been extraordinarily generous, particularly considering the short time frame we were operating in. I would also like to sincerely thank everyone at Aer Lingus for arranging and putting on this flight, and for the cockpit, cabin crew and operations staff employees, who volunteered their free time."

GOAL will use their network of local partners on the ground to distribute the aid across the affected region. The aid agency has already reached almost 17,000 people across Leyte and Panay - two of the worst-hit islands. They are planning more distributions in Tacloban city in the coming days.

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