By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Dec 14, 2013
Squamish humanitarian Ian MacKay is leaving for Philipines on Monday, Dec 16, to help Samaritan’s Purse provide emergency medical supplies to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
MacKay will join a Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that has been on the ground since just days after the storm devastated the central Philippines.
The storm killed more than 5,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
Ian will join a team that is helping provide emergency medical care, along with food, water, and shelter to those who desperately need help. This won’t be the first time MacKay will make a trip to a place that needs help.
MacKay has travelled to Haiti thrice after the earthquake in 2010, and has also visited Congo twice, returning backs with stories of hope and despair that pull him back to help again.
He could not be reached for comment on his latest mission.
Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development agency that provides aid to people suffering because of war, natural disaster, poverty, and persecution. Learn more at SamaritansPurse.ca.