LONDON - British celebrities have also joined the nationwide appeal to donate for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan).
Designer and ex-Spice Girls Victoria 'Posh' Beckham tweeted to support typhoon Haiyan relief in the UK.
"Our thoughts are with those in the Philippines. Please help support typhoon Haiyan relief," she said on Twitter.
British-Pinay singer and television presenter Myleene Klass joined the Disaster Emergency Committee or D.E.C.'s appeal for aid.
In just 48 hours, the nationwide typhoon appeal launched by the D.E.C. has raised 23 million pounds (roughly P1.61 billion).
Moved by the typhoon tragedy that engulfed Samar and overwhelmed by the flood of aid from British public, another group headed by Vanessa Horca hit the London streets to raise funds for the Red Cross.
"It really touched me a lot and I really felt I had to do something as my heritage is from the Philippines. In particular, my grandfather is from Leyte and I knew that people are really desperate so I had to do something where I could raise money for the typhoon victims," she said.
The call to join the fundraising started on Facebook and it became viral.
Armed only with youthful energy, cheerful demeanor and great desire to help their kababayan, they became temporary fixtures on Brushfield Street.
"Galing pa po ako ng night (shift) at magna-night pa po ako mamayang gabi. But I really need to help," said a volunteer fundraiser.
Neil Medina did not only join the street fundraising, he also fasted for a day and dedicated the sacrifice to the victims of Yolanda who have not eaten for days.
"Ginawa ko yun not for anyone else, ginawa ko yun because I wanted to. Nung malaman ko na may collection para sa Red Cross, gumawa agad ako ng banner," he said.
For the first 7 hours, the group was able to raise more than 2,000 pounds (P140,000) for the Red Cross.
"Everyone is just so generous, including my non-Filipino friends. Everyone wanted to show some support. We had some 50 people that came this morning at Liverpool Street. The Red Cross office was really just overwhelmed by people just wanting to support," said Horca.