|Singer Enrique Iglesias (above right) holds the handmade Valentine card that he received from the kindergarten Yolanda survivors in Tacloban City . (Photo from Enrique Iglesias’ Facebook account)|
TACLOBAN CITY – Well known Spanish-Filipino singer Enrique Iglesias has been helping children who are survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda in Leyte.
This was learned from the group called Save the Children, a non-profit organization which tapped Iglesias for its #Hearts4Kids T-shirt campaign for the children.
Save the Children Philippines country director Ned Olney said through the t-shirts, the group has raised at least $25,000 or roughly P1.1 million for the kids. Iglesias, 40, is the son of another famous singer Julio Iglesias who was formerly married to Enrique’s mother, a Spanish Filipino.
Olney said the special fund raised through Iglesia’s help allows Save the Children “to pre-position lifesaving supplies before an emergency hits, respond immediately to a crisis, and do whatever it takes to protect the lives of children.” “Typhoon Yolanda took a tremendous toll on children. I would like to thank Enrique Iglesias for his support to the children of Yolanda and to vulnerable children around the world,” he said.
“We know from experience that the faster we respond, the more children’s lives can be saved during disasters. That is why the Children in Emergencies fund is critical for our work. This allows Save the Children to prepare communities and help children better overcome the next storm,” Olney added.
Kindergarten students from Tacloban City who received assistance from Iglesias fund through Save the Children had a special way to thank him for his help. The students sent the singer ahandmade Valentine’s Day cards to the singer to thank him for helping kids, like them, who live in areas affected by natural disasters, through his partnership with Save the Children. It was gathered that Iglesias received the cards last week while on tour in promotion of his 10th studio album, “Sex and Love.” “I am honored to receive these hopeful messages from children in the Philippines,” said Iglesias, who was also one of the first celebrities to call out for support when super typhoon Yolanda devastated Tacloban City, Leyte, Samar and nearby areas in 2013.
“My fans have embraced this project in more ways than I could have imagined, and their generosity is going to make a big difference for kids in crises,” he added.