Gift of the Givers leaving for Philippines

The team will fly from OR Tambo International Airport via the UAE before landing in Manila.

Residents walk through debris as they rush to a rescue helicopter delivering relief in Hernani town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines on 11 November, 2013, four days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - A team of doctors and rescue workers are assembling at the Gift of the Givers Warehouse in Bramley in northern Johannesburg ahead of their mission to the Philippines.

The relief group will provide much needed aid to thousands of people displaced by super typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall last week.

Over 10,000 people are believed to have been killed.

Luggage, boxes of food and water are neatly lined up outside the warehouse.

Inside the building, the mission's team leader is finalising preparations ahead of departure.

The team will fly from OR Tambo International Airport via the United Arab Emirates before landing in the Filipino capital of Manila.

There is much excitement amongst the rescue workers and doctors with some saying they are eager to make a positive difference in that country.

Meanwhile, Rescue South Africa is preparing to deploy a 60-member team to the Philippines having secured the green light from government.

The team is due to depart on Saturday morning.

Rescue SA's Ian Scher says, "We are taking a cross-trained paramedic type team with about five or six doctors. We will be able to offer a rescue trauma service very similar to the one we did when we were in Pakistan."

The organisation will take with them around ten to twelve tonnes of equipment and supplies.

Rescue SA is appealing for funds to help the mission.