Super Typhoon Haiyan, considered the most powerful storm to ever make landfall battered the Philippines with sustained winds close to 200 mph. The current death toll is feared to be close to 10,000. The storm has caused mudslides, 30 feet high storm surges, as well as flash flooding. According to Philippine authorities, more than 12 million people are at risk due to the storm’s powerful impact.
As of November 20, 2013, there have been 1,526 evacuation centers established in the Philippines providing temporary shelter to 85,652 families which is 398,377 persons. In addition, 33,233 personnel, 1,320 vehicles, 107 seacraft, 163 aircraft, and 27,532 other assets/equipment have been utilized to provide aid in this disaster. To date, the confirmed number of casualties is 4,011. The number of insured has climbed to 18,569, and 1,602 people are still missing.
It is hard to imagine what the people who live in Philippines are experiencing right now and are hearts go out to the people affected by the this natural disaster. This is the reason why Ronda Rousey and Armbar Nation would like to ask for your help in providing disaster relief to these families.
To make a donation, please send a check to St. John the Baptist Church, with the memo Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief. The address is 3883 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Park, CA, 91706. Or you can donate online to the World Food Program at the Free Rice site. Even without money, you can play the free rice game and help. We have also added an incentive to play, by sweetening the deal by offering some Ronda Rousey autographed merchandise and apparel.
So for all the fans who want a Ronda Rousey autograph, here is your opportunity. Actually, it’s not even an opportunity – it’s a guarantee, if you’re willing to put the work in.
The free rice contest begins again NOW. Free Rice is a website where you answer questions on topics like math, Spanish, English vocabulary, science – the questions are pretty easy in some categories. For every question you answer correctly, the advertisers on the site donate 10 grains of rice to the World Food Program.
Before each title fight, Ronda runs a contest to raise food for the hungry, since she is cutting weight and hungry. Between the last three fights, the group has raised over 88,000,000 grains of rice. Since one bowl of rice is about 3,400 grains and comes out to about 3 cups of cooked rice, that is enough to feed approximately 25,882 people. Details of how to join, what to win, and when the contest ends are all listed below.
First of all, join the group “Ronda Rousey- Team Free Rice” and play the game to donate rice. How it works is, if you click on the link to join the group, you answer questions and for every correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated by the ad sponsor. (The ads vary.)
Here is how to win stuff:
1. Be in the top five donors OR donate a million grains of rice. (Donating a million grains of rice is easier than it sounds – 16 people have done it so far, and by the way, it feeds 294 people!) We will send you a limited edition, autographed poster courtesy of Ronda Rousey, Xyience, and Armbar Nation (shown below). These posters are full-sized event posters that measure two feet by three feet.
2. Be lucky. Out of all of the rest of the people who have donated, we will pull three people out at sort of random. We’ll weight your chances by the amount of rice donated. Ronda’s mom, Dr. AnnMaria, is a statistical programmer and does those sorts of things for fun. If you have donated 300,000 grains of rice you have 30,000 times the chance of the person who donated 10 grains – but they DO still have a chance. Hey, people buy lottery tickets, right?
3. Meet Armbar Nation in Las Vegas at TUF 18 Finale or at UFC 168. Armbar Nation will host fan events on both the weekend of the TUF 18 Finale and the weekend of UFC 168. If you’re planning on going attending either one of these events in Las Vegas, make sure to check back with us on locations and times. More details Armbar Nation fight events coming soon!
Contest Ends: As of weigh-ins on December 27th and the final results will be calculated.
*HELPFUL HINT* Make sure when you are playing that it shows “Ronda Rousey – Team Free Rice” as your group at the top right if you want the group to get credit.
Thank you for feeding hungry people, by the way. To quote Ronda, “It sucks to be hungry”.