(12:00 pm) Carnival Corporation, in partnership with the Miami HEAT, has announced that they will increase their donations to the relief efforts in the Philippines past $1.5 million, a $500,000 increase from their original pledge made in November. The additional donations, made by Carnival Corporation, the Miami HEAT, Carnival’s brands, the Carnival Foundation, and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, will be distributed to variety of charities and aid groups currently working in the Philippines:
- UNICEF – $500,000
- Save the Children – $300,000 (includes $50,000 donation from P&O Cruises Australia)
- Direct Relief – $250,000
- International Red Cross – $150,000 (includes donations from P&O Cruises UK, Princess Cruises and Cunard)
- International Medical Corps – $50,000 (donation from Princess Cruises)
Carnival Corporation’s individual brands are also providing nearly $350,000 in aid to support their Filipino employees and their families impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
“The typhoon in the Philippines caused massive destruction, having a tragic impact on people and families there, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region,” said Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc and Miami HEAT owner. “We evaluated a number of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines and elected to go with these special organizations that are doing extraordinary relief work.”