Philippines: Senior citizens start disabled fund

The senior citizens also hope to send essential equipment needed by the elderly with the military.

A group of senior citizens in the nation’s capital have started a fund for disabled elderly people affected by the disaster. Picture: Philippe Lopez/AFP

MANILA/PHILIPPINES - As relief organisations worldwide raise money to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a group of senior citizens in the nation's capital have started a fund for disabled elderly people affected by the disaster.

An estimated 4,000 people were killed when the super typhoon lashed the country and moved from the eastern region near Tacloban to the western town of Palompon.

South African relief group Gift of the Givers is already in that country and will be sending search and rescue teams to some of the most remote areas where aid has not yet arrived.

The senior citizens also hope to send essential equipment needed by the elderly with the military.

The senior citizens movement is based in Manila and has been collecting donations to send relief to elderly people affected by natural disasters for the past two years.

One of its coordinators is 70-year-old Nina Gonzalez who says they try to help all of the elderly but focus on certain people.

"Our priority project is for the disabled."

Gonzalez says the money is just enough to buy essential equipment.

"We buy wheelchairs, eye glasses, so we can celebrate Christmas. We could help but what we're getting here is not even enough."

The movement is just one of many groups of people in Manila that have responded to Typhoon Haiyan by starting a donations fund and says it hopes to reach out to people in the country's villages soon.