Megan visits Indonesia, raises more funds for typhoon victims

Posted at 11/27/13 7:19 PM

Miss World 2013 Megan Young receives a $20,000 donation for "Yolanda" survivors. Photo from Miss World website

MANILA – After her short Hong Kong trip, Miss World 2013 Megan Young stopped by Indonesia to raise more funds for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

According to an article on the Miss World website published Tuesday, Young was able to collect $130,000 during her quick visit to Indonesia.

The donations came from herbal remedy manufacturer Sido Muncul ($20,000), an anonymous law firm ($10,000), RCTI Studios ($50,000), and MNC Group chief executive officer Hary Tanoesoedibjo ($20,000).

The launch of the Miss World 2013 coffee table book was also able to raise $25,000, with another $5,000 collected during the event.

“You don’t know what this means to my countrymen, any help for them is a big help,” Young was quoted as saying on the Miss World website. “It’s going to be a long-term process, but if we all work as one then it will be much more easier and helpful for the Philippines.”

In Hong Kong, Young was able to raise more than $100,000, the Miss World website said, noting that it has yet to determine the exact amount.

Young is set to return to the Philippines to visit those who have been affected by “Yolanda.”

The country’s first ever Miss World winner said she will use the proceeds from the pageant’s fundraising efforts to help typhoon survivors.