Super Typhoon Yolanda Benefit Concert

Lindsay and her sister in their homeland

Lindsay and her sister in their homeland

I have a friend (Lindsay) who is Filipino and living here in Palo Alto. I reached out to her the day of the typhoon and asked if her family back in her homeland were ok. At first she said they hadn’t been able to make contact yet, but shortly after that response came another message saying that they were safe. I asked if she was doing ok and she said she had been watching all of the news coverage, and it made her sad.

It reminded me of when my parents were in an earthquake in Chile in 2010 and my siblings and I were unable to contact them for part of the day. Everywhere I went that day, I saw breaking news on the earthquake, and I didn’t know if my parents were safe. Eventually I found out that they were fine. A similar experience occurred when my brother was in Japan’s earthquake in 2011. I eventually found out he was safe too. Having those experiences made me more empathetic to my Filipino friend’s situation.

Two days after the typhoon, I saw Lindsay in person and again asked if she was doing ok with all of the concern about her homeland. She answered, “Yes, I am ok — I am going to do something to help!” (I love that answer!) Later she let me know I was part of that plan, and she invited me to play at a benefit concert November 22nd. Here are all of the benefit concert details, and here are all of the associated fundraising details. Come if you can, donate if you can, pass along the invite if you can. Every dollar donated will go to medical supplies and data services for search and rescue. Here are the requests we will be donating to:

Supplies for Medical Team
Organization: SEMPER (Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response).
“100% of the donations go to medical supplies, equipment, and training. Since everybody volunteers, we have no administrative or overhead costs. Any degree of assistance is appreciated, and our pending deployment will require pharmaceuticals and other direct patient care supplies. Thanks so much.”

Broadband Global Area Network Device (BGAN)
Organization: Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation
“There is an immediate need in these areas to establish faster and better communication lines via voice and data. According to the UN Office for Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs, there are about 659,268 displaced people/missing and data services or connectivity will hasten the search and rescue of these people.”

I admire Lindsay’s reaction to the news of the typhoon. First, she felt the sadness of it, then decided to do something about it. She made a plan to help, and reached out to people around her to also help with her plan. The next time you hit a pitfall, remember her statement: “Yes, I am ok – I am going to do something to help!”