By Shelley Marsden
A PLAYWRIGHT has pledged to donate half of all sales of his ebooks to help victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.
Waterford native Tom O’Brien, based in Hastings since 2000, was inspired to help by a recent trip to America.
He told the Irish World: “We’ve just returned from Los Angeles, enjoying its beautiful coastline and climate, and to see pictures of the similarly beautiful coastline of the Philippines reduced to rubble, with the appalling loss of life, brought home to me just how fickle life, and nature, can be. That region of the US isn’t exactly a stranger to natural disasters and I thought ‘There but for the grace of God go I’.
“I felt compelled to do something positive, and rather than just simply writing a cheque and sending it off somewhere, felt that contributing some of the income from my ebooks would reach a wider public and make people even more aware of the plight of the people of the Philippines.”
Tom, whose performed plays include Cricklewood Cowboys, On Raglan Road and Behan’s Women, will donate 50 per cent of the sale price from his ebooks on Smashwords and Kindle until December 31 to the Oxfam Philippines Appeal. The sales will be calculated early Jan 2014 and the amount published on Facebook.
Officials in the Philippines have said the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan has risen above 5,000, two weeks after the devastating storm hit.
The country’s National Disaster Agency says that 5,209 people are now known to have lost their lives, with more still unaccounted for. It makes Haiyan the deadliest natural disaster in the country’s history.
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