LINKIN PARK is donating a portion of proceeds from tonight’s show in Taipei to benefit victims of Typhoon Morakot. Working with their nonprofit organization, Music For Relief, the band is contributing funds from this evening's concert at the Taipei Soccer Stadium to aid in the recovery effort.
Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan as a tropical storm earlier this week with winds of over 70 miles an hour. According to news reports, the damage has been devastating, with more than 10,000 dwellings toppled and hundreds trapped, possibly dead, as a result of mudslides.
"Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and we're praying for the swift recovery of the survivors," said LINKIN PARK vocalist Mike Shinoda. "Our thoughts are with the Taiwanese people during this difficult time."
The funds will be contributed to World Vision Taiwan and their relief and rehabilitation efforts. In addition to being part of the evacuation effort, World Vision has distributed food, cleaning supplies and relief kits to hundreds of people living in emergency shelters in Taimali Township and Jiadug Township in Taiwan. World Vision is an international relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
Founded by the band LINKIN PARK, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $3 million for the victims of the tsunami tragedy in Southeast Asia, Atlantic hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Hanna, Gustav and Ike, wildfires in Southern California and Victoria Australia, Cyclones Sidr and Aila in Bangladesh, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the 5.12 earthquake in China, and the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe. Music for Relief has organized a benefit concert featuring multi-platinum artists, sent musicians and volunteers to Southeast Asia and the U.S. Gulf Coast to help rebuild and donate supplies to people in need, and planted over 800,000 trees to help reduce global warming.