Megan on 'Good Morning America' for 'Yolanda' appeal

Posted at 11/20/13 11:59 AM

(Left to right) Philippine consul to New York Mario de Leon Jr., Miss World 2013 Megan Young and "Good Morning America" anchor Josh Elliott. Photo from the Miss World website

MANILA – Miss World 2013 Megan Young made a guest appearance on the American morning television show “Good Morning America” on Tuesday to appeal for help for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in the Visayas.

Comparing her recent accident in Haiti, where she along with Miss World chairman Julia Morley and a group of children suddenly fell through the floor of an orphanage, Young said the “Yolanda” tragedy happened “in a snap.”

She then encouraged the viewers of the show to donate to organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross for the benefit of “Yolanda” victims, saying that even a dollar will go a long way.

The newly crowned Miss World recently visited the headquarters of the UK-based tabloid newspaper The Sun, which has launched a campaign to support “Yolanda” victims.

According to the official website of Miss World, The Sun has already raised more than $500,000, “and is well on its way to reaching $1 million.”

The death toll from “Yolanda” in Leyte province, excluding the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc, is near 4,000, the province’s administrator said Tuesday.

Several individuals and organizations here and abroad have been extending their help to the Philippines, whether through sending relief goods, holding benefit shows or giving monetary aid.