Pilates for the Philippines
We all saw it, from all over the world; the absolute devastation after super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the islands that make up the Philippines. Just some interesting statistics, from BBC, to give you a better perspective. More than 11 million people, or 10% of the population, have been affected by Haiyan. 2.5 million people are in need of food aid. 544,606 people have been displaced. 130,074 houses have been destroyed. 1,215 evacuation centers have been set up. In some towns, more than 90% of the housing have been destroyed. What makes this even worse, is that the region was still trying to recover from the Bohol earthquake in October, with more than 17,000 people still receiving food aide.
So as we are living life in this bubble we call Singapore, surrounded by wealth, air conditioning, and complaining when our favorite peanut butter does not make it on the ship from the US and into our gourmet grocers, we should be asking ourselves, “how can we help?”
If you’ve wondered how you can help, here’s how. Next Sunday, 8th of December, I will be teaching a donation Pilates class for those affected in the Philippines. We’ve decided to hold the class in Singapore’s Botanic Gardens at 9AM so we can accommodate everyone who wants to help. Come to class with your mat and/or towel and a cash donation, big or small, and have fun working out for each one of the 11 million people affected by Haiyan.
Class will be held at the Bamboos/Reflexology Path in the Botanic Gardens. The nearest gate is the Melati and Cluny Park, 3 minutes from Botanic Gardens MRT. Map is attached for your convenience!