The Big Lottery Fund in the UK is donating £5 million to help areas in the Philippines devastated by typhoon Haiyan. It stressed however that it wants its donations to be used for rebuilding the lives and livelihood of the victims, instead of just for immediate disaster relief. It plans to course the money through various UK charities already working to provide assistance to the affected Philippine provinces.
The donation has been made after more than a hundred thousand British people affixed their signature to a petition launched by Rachell Ridall via Change.org, asking the UK National Lottery to donate a £12 million jackpot that has not been won to the Philippines.
BLF is an organization that allocates funds raised through lottery ticket sales for good causes.