One image from the port of Isabel that will remain long in my memory is of a 400 ton steel harbor crane lying twisted and battered on its side, for all the world like a child’s discarded Meccano toy. That’s what winds of 350Kph can do.
Manchester, United Kingdom (PRWEB) June 26, 2014
The DDC Group has announced that its UK division, DDC OS, will host the 2014 Black Tie & Diamonds Charity Ball at Sheffield City Hall in Sheffield, United Kingdom on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in a fundraising initiative for The DDC Group Haiyan Relief Fund.
This fund is part of a collaborative partnership between The DDC Group and the Philippines government in an ongoing effort to help victims in the Leyte province affected by Typhoon Haiyan. All proceeds collected go directly toward purchasing and delivering resources to DDC’s affected staff and families.
The DDC Group’s central hub in the Philippines currently employs 2,500 Nationals, of whom, 1,250 were based in the cities of Tacloban and Palo in Leyte. Typhoon Haiyan hit the Leyte province in early November 2013, and although the country experiences 10 to 15 typhoons annually, Haiyan was the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall.
Typhoons are typically categorized as Stations 1-3, with 1 being the mildest to 3 being the most severe, Haiyan hit at a shocking Station 4. Wind speeds topped at 220 Mph and the storm surge topped 12 feet. The toll on human lives was insurmountable with a reported 6,000 deaths, and in all coastal regions of the Visayas, there are still 2,000 individuals said to be “missing.” It was also reported that many buildings were completely destroyed including schools, factories, hospitals, and government structures.
The DDC Group's Chief Financial Officer, Brett Trevalyan, who recently visited with victims and their families in the Leyte province, explained: “To give you a visual idea, one image from the port of Isabel that will remain long in my memory is of a 400 ton steel harbor crane lying twisted and battered on its side, for all the world like a child’s discarded Meccano toy. That’s what winds of 350Kph can do.”
With the The DDC Group's disaster recovery plan in place, DDC leaders used every resource possible to organize a proactive relief effort, which including mobilizing helicopters to fly in immediate medical aid, coordinating food and fuel distribution, and relocating employees and their families to Manila.
DDC OS plans to raise £20,000 ($27,000 US) at the Charity Ball to help rebuild the lives of its staff members and their families still affected by the typhoon through The DDC Group Haiyan Relief Fund, a registered 501(c)(3) charity. The evening’s festivities will feature a drinks reception and dinner, complete with a three course meal, auction, and live entertainment.
Tickets are still available for this event for the price of £60 per ticket or £575 per table of 10. For booking information, please contact Chrissie Porter via telephone (01909 488600) or email (chrissieporter(at)ddcos(dot)com).
Sheffield City Hall is located at Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA. The venue has an agreement with Q-Park Rockingham Street car park for a rate of £3 per 24 hours. Visitors can request a discount voucher from City Hall Box Office, or can request online at http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.
Nearby overnight accommodations include Jury's Inn, Leopold Hotel, Mercure St. Paul's, Novotel, and many more. For a full listing, please visit http://www.theddcgroup.com/index.php/group-news/58-the-ddc-group-hosts-charity-ball-for-haiyan-relief.
About The DDC Group
The DDC Group has been custom-designing and implementing business and knowledge process outsourcing (B&KPO) solutions since 1989. With operations across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, the company’s 3,500 strong staff delivers services in over 20 languages with ahead-of-the-curve industry standards. The DDC Group hybrid on-and-offshore service delivery model equips its clientele with strategic B&KPO solutions fundamental for each organizations future profitability.
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