Charleston campaign kicks off to help those in need in the Philippines

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A campaign kicked off in Charleston to help those half a world away.

Water Missions International and Mayor Joe Riley are teaming up to help out people in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Mayor Riley issued a challenge for Charleston to raise $100,000 to help those in need in the country.

The campaign that was rolled out Wednesday at City Hall is all about providing safe water for those in desperate need.

CEO of Water Missions International George Green says the money will be used to send over four more water purification systems. Green says each system can provide clean water for 5,000 people.

Green says he knows Charleston will raise the money and possibly more.

"The Charleston community supported the response to the tsunami, to the earthquake in Haiti, to Katrina in New Orleans," Green said."This community understands disasters because we've experienced them ourselves and is so supportive of helping other people."

The campaign is also hitting social media. The folks over at Water Missions are hoping that #chsresponds takes off on Twitter and on Facebook.

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