Help victims of Philippine SuperTyphoon Haiyan

One of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall, Typhoon Haiyan – named “Yolanda” by Filipino authorities – swept through the central Philippines on Friday 8 November 2013.

Help slachtoffers ramp Filipijnen | giro555In the capital of Leyte alone, it is estimated that more than 10,000 people have lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands more have been displaced after high winds and floodwaters destroyed their homes.

More than nine million people have been affected so far. Entire villages have been wiped off the map. Many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.

The devastation shown by the media is heartwrenching to see. For so many in the Philippines, life is already very hard, it’s difficult to even begin to imagine what they are going through right now.

Our chosen fund is GIRO555 from De Stichting Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO). This organisation is a partnership of Dutch aid organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children, Unicef and Red Cross Netherlands.

As children and family photographers, this is our way of using photography to give back.

And this is how you can help…

You and your children could win a wonderful family photo session on-location in the heart of the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague or Utrecht)!

  • Images to Inspire HopeThis session will be photographed by Natalie AND Vinita and will be held on Saturday 18 January 2014. This gives you plenty of time to shop for new outfits too, if need be ;-) If you are not available on this date, don’t worry, we can make alternative plans!
  • Session is for up to 5 members of the same immediate family and will last between 1-2 hours.
  • Winner will also receive all their proof images in medium resolution on CD. Print to your heart’s content!
  • Valued at €750!!

How to win:

  • Make a MINIMUM donation of €10 to GIRO555.
  • For every donation of €10 you will be entered into the prize draw. Increase your chance of winning; donate €50 and you’ll receive 5 entries!
  • Forward a copy of your donation confirmation email to (if you do not receive your donation confirmation email within 5 minutes, please check your spam folder)
  • All entries must be RECEIVED by midnight (GMT+1) on Christmas Eve: Tuesday 24 December 2013.
  • Winner will be drawn at random and announced on Christmas Day: Wednesday 25 December 2013.
  • You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry must be the minimum €10 donation.

Other details:

  • Session participants must sign a model release. This allows us to showcase our favourite images from your session on our blogs (Natalie’s blog and Vinita’s blog) and on the Images to Inspire Hope website.
  • Session must be held in the Randstad area (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht).
  • If the winner does not claim his/her prize by Monday 6 January 2014 or cannot claim the prize, then another winner will be drawn.
  • This program is not sponsored or promoted by GIRO555 (SHO) and we are not receiving anything in return for this effort.

But wait! There’s more!

Please forward this to your friends so they can enter the prize draw as well! Feel free to blog, tweet or share the link to the Images to Inspire Hope website! Together we can help those in need.

Thank you SO much!!

With love,
Natalie and Vinita

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