Over 11 million people are believed to have been affected after super typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 7, killing more than 4000. It’s thought to have been the second most intense storm on record in the area with wind speeds reaching 200mph.
Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, a Filipino who remains based in Manila, is aiming to take a leading role in recovery efforts – and he’s started by pledging the six-figure sum from his bandmates and their associates Live Nation, Creative Artists Agency and manager John Baruck.
The vocalist has also met with World Food Programme boss Ertharin Cousin with a view to delivering 1.4m urgently-needed meals for typhoon victims.
WFP spokesman Hunter Biden says: “We’re honoured to have Journey’s support and Arnel’s leadership on this incredible donation. Their help is going to make a real difference for so many Filipino children and families.”
The band are fronting a US appeal for more funds while the International Committee of the Red Cross are running a wider campaign.