Jason Day Loses 8 Relatives In Typhoon Haiyan
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/18/13

Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) may have briefly entered the consciousness of some First World golfers, because of the death toll (4,009 as of this writing) and the unbelievable damage. But the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record struck too close to home for Jason Day.

The Australian-born golfer lost his grandmother, an uncle, and at least six cousins in the typhoon:
"They found, I think, eight of our relatives. Six of them were children, and my grandma, and a couple more. It's such a tragedy. I feel for my mother."
Day's mother, Dening, emigrated from the Philippines to Australia about 30 years ago. On Monday, she told the Gold Coast Bulletin that many of the Day family members lived in the area of Tacloban, in Leyte province, which took a direct hit from the typhoon. There isn't much Day can do about this at the moment; communications and travel in the Philippine Islands are both still extremely difficult. Much of the efforts now revolve around relief efforts for people who managed to survive the typhoon, which dissipated a week ago, on November 11.

Day remains in Melbourne, Australia, practicing at Royal Melbourne for the World Cup, in which he will be paired with Adam Scott, who won the Australian Masters on Sunday. In a statement previously released by the PGA Tour, Day said,
"I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan," Jason Day said in a statement released by the PGA TOUR. "My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.

"We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media's interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family's privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you."
Obviously, our prayers and sympathetic thoughts are with everyone who lost family and friends in this tragedy, including (but not limited to) Jason and Ellie Day. Among the organizations that have jumped in to provide support and relief are the American Red Cross and Samaritan's Purse. Your contributions to either or both of these registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organizations will help.

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[ comments ]
simivan says:
Read that China's Liang W C after winning the Resorts World Manila Masters last weekend donated half his earnings
Kurt the Knife says:
man, thats hard. condolences.
Kurt the Knife says:
As an aside, folks get ready for more weather like this. Oceans are rising, getting warmer, storing more energy. Gonna be wild ride for a while.
bashworth says:
I hope no one reading this takes a work from Kurt as fact. Dumb comment all around.
Kurt the Knife says:
I dunno. Data is there. @bashworth, Dumb comment all around.
Now back to our regularly scheduled thread.
bashworth says:
Yes and every single piece of data shows how hurricanes and typhoons have been in decline for the last 50 years. That was easy to understand.
Matt F says:
And he comes back to win the World Cup!
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