Whilst attending the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) 50th Anniversary on Wednesday, The Prince of Wales will make a donation to the DEC to further aid the work in the Philippines after the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan. During the reception held at Lancaster House, The Prince will meet with workers, volunteers and supporters involved with DEC.
As reported by Royal Central last month, Guests in attendance will view an address at the start of the reception which will show DEC benefactors what the DEC does in disasters and emergencies such as the typhoon in the Philippines this month, the ongoing crisis in Syria, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
According to the DEC website it is comprised of 14 of the UK’s foremost agencies that provide aid including: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision. These charities are all connected in assisting with disaster associated issues such as delivering clean water, humanitarian assistance and medical treatment.
“The DEC has run 63 appeals and raised more than £1.1 billion since its launch in 1963 – helping to save millions of lives and rebuild communities devastated by disasters. So far the DEC has raised over £60m for its Philippines Typhoon Appeal, £20m for its Syria Crisis Appeal and £79m for the 2011 East Africa Crisis,” according to Clarence House.
Created in 1963, the DEC combines a coalition of the UK’s aid agencies as well as corporate and public funding. The monies raised are given to the 14 agencies where assistance is most needed.
In 2013, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall lent support to DEC’s Syria Crisis Appeal through a monetary donation.