Samaritan’s Purse aid worker will head to typhoon-devastated Philippines as part of relief efforts (November 11, 2013)

Written by Damien Wood

Published by Calgary Sun on Monday, November 11, 2013

By whatever means necessary.

That’s the philosophy of Samaritan’s Purse aid worker Tim Kikkert as he heads to the typhoon-devastated Philippines.

As a logistics co-ordinator for a second wave of help being sent over by Samaritan’s Purse, the 26-year-old’s job will be to get relief supplies from wherever they land to wherever they need to be.

Mere days away from getting on a plane, he really has no idea where that will be or how they’ll be accomplishing it.

He only knows it must be done.

“There’s not a lot of certainty at this point,” Kikkert said.

“It’s problem solving for sure.

“We work with our partners on the ground ... connections we’ve made over the years.”

Kikkert will track where the relief supplies can be dropped off and arranging for whatever transportation he can wrangle to get them moving.

He’s one of about a dozen joining a group already on the ground, continuing to set up for a long-term response.

It’s estimated Typhoon Haiyan and killed at least 10,000 people, and with complete communities wiped out by the natural disaster, survivors have been left with nothing.

“What it really comes down to is you look at the scope of the devastation ... it’s not hard to realize how desperate their situation is,” he said.

“You mentally prepare yourself.”

Further information about the ongoing relief efforts and how to donate can be found online at http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/

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