Good morning, readers! How is everybody today. If you have been watching the news at all over the past week or so, you are well aware that the Philippines has been hit hard by a super typhoon. Yolanda, also known as Haiyan dealt a devastating blow to the Central Philippines. Many people were killed, and property was not only destroyed, it was pretty much wiped out in the affected areas.
If you have been a long time LiP reader, you might remember a fellow named Rusty Ferguson. Rusty used to write here on this site a number of years ago. He also has had a number of sites of his own as well. Rusty is an American who has been living in Bogo, in Northern Cebu. At one point, back in 2009 I believe, I made a trip up to Cebu, and I went to Bogo for a couple of days and visited Rusty. Rusty and I share a number of traits, and I felt like we hit it off during my visit and remain friends. We don’t always stay in contact as much as we probably should, but I consider Rusty a friend.
When Yolanda hit last week, I was concerned about Rusty, because I had heard that Bogo, and most of Northern Cebu took a big hit from Yolanda. After the storm hit, it took several days before Rusty was able to get online, and that raised my worry even more. But, finally he posted on some of the social networks and I knew he was OK. Well, physically he is OK, but the typhoon really played a number of lessons on him, and put him in a lot of inconvenience. For one thing, his area is without power, and it has been said that the area may have no electricity for up to 3 months (some are saying 1 month, but that is still a long time to live without electricity).
When Rusty posted on Google+ and Facebook over the weekend, he said that he had retreated from Bogo and was able to make it to Cebu City. He said he was staying at a Pension House in Cebu, but was not sure how long his finances would hold out and allow him to stay there. He said that he may have to go back to Bogo and rough it out there. Rusty has lupus, and has experienced numerous health issues over the years. I was pretty concerned about Rusty, his health and the possible living conditions he was facing.
I decided that I wanted to help Rusty out a bit, so I sent him some cash to help him stay a bit longer in Cebu, and I also made him an offer that would help him more. Rusty accepted my offer, and I want to lay it out for you too. My offer I made to Rusty was will allow you to extend a bit of assistance to Rusty as well, if you are so inclined. It will also allow you to extend support to the tens of thousands of victims of the typhoon who live in the Visayas region of the Philippines.
Here is what I am doing.
- During the coming weeks, as long as Rusty is in an “emergency situation” due to the affects of the storm, Rusty will be writing a few articles here on LiP to document his typhoon experience, the recovery, basically just what he sees and experiences living in the typhoon affected area of the Visayas.
- During this time, Rusty will be selling his book “Expat Training Manual” through my bookstore (in addition to his regular distribution channels). For any copies of Rusty’s book that you purchase through my bookstore, 100% of the revenues will go to Rusty. I will not take anything from the sale of his book through my bookstore. Thus, any purchases you make will go directly toward helping Rusty through this challenging time, the extra expenses he is facing, etc.
- Also, during the next few weeks, if you purchase any other items from my bookstore, regardless of who the author is, if you use the coupon code: “HelpRusty” (remove the quotation marks), Rusty will get 25% of the purchase price. So, even if you purchase my books or other materials, as long as you enter that coupon code, Rusty will get 25% of the sale.
- Alternatively, if you purchase any items from my bookstore, if you with the assistance to go to the typhoon victims instead of Rusty, enter the coupon code “Yolanda” (again, remove the quotation marks), 25% of the sale will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross for them to distribute to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
I have personally already made donations to the cause from my personal funds. I am extending you an opportunity to get a book that you might want and also extend your assistance. This gives you a chance to help an American here in the Philippines, Rusty, or extend help to Filipino victims through the red cross.
Good luck to you, Rusty, and to all victims of Yolanda. My heart goes out to each and every one of them!