MANILA – Miss World 2013 Megan Young is set to return to the Philippines on Wednesday to visit those who have been affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).
In an interview with the Associated Press uploaded on YouTube, Young said they will use the proceeds from Miss World’s recent fundraising efforts in the United States to help typhoon survivors.
“We’re headed back on the 27th to the Philippines. And from the charity work that we have been doing, the fundraisers that we have been having in New York, New Jersey and LA, we will be giving 100% of that to the Philippines, to Tacloban, in the area that was hit,” she said.
Young recalled how she used to tour Tacloban and nearby areas as part of her job as an actress.
“These are areas that we have had tours before. I mean, with my and my job before as an artist. We do national tours and we go to these places, in Tacloban, especially, and it’s going to be different from what I remember… I don’t know if I’m emotionally prepared yet for that , but it doesn’t matter because I’m just going to go there and see what I can do,” she said.
Referring to what happened in Tacloban and other areas hit by “Yolanda,” Young said: “It’s insane. I mean, the whole area was wiped out. Kids [are now] parentless, parents [are] childless now. Just thinking about it really breaks my heart.”
Looking on the bright side, the Filipina beauty queen noted how a lot of people have been helping the typhoon survivors rebuild their lives after the disaster.
“So many people are helping out. I mean, the relief centers are full every single day,” she said. “But some areas are also neglected and need attention. Hopefully, when we go back, we can focus our attention on those things.”
Young, the Philippines’ first ever Miss World winner, has been appealing for help for “Yolanda” victims during her trips abroad.
Before her interview on the American television show “Good Morning America,” she visited the headquarters of the UK-based tabloid The Sun, which has launched a campaign to support typhoon survivors.