Fund Raising for Indonesia Sulawesi quake-tsunami relief

Fund Raising for Indonesia Sulawesi quake-tsunami relief

From Kentrell Beckles

Dear all, on behalf of Red Cross and as a member of the public, i've started this campaign to to raise funds for this cause. During this difficult period of time, our thoughts and hearts are with the people of Indonesia.

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Dear all, on behalf of Red Cross and as a member of the public, i've started this campaign to to raise funds for this cause.

During this difficult period of time, our thoughts and hearts are with the people of Indonesia. Let's offer our heartfelt support to them in the relief efforts. Donating is really simple and secure. The money will go straight to Singapore Red Cross directly.

Below from Red Cross:

Please note that donations to overseas efforts are not tax-deductible .

All funds raised will go towards the Sulawesi Earthquake and will not be used for local community support.

With its International Services team closely monitoring the situation across four affected cities and regencies: Palu city, Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Mouton , the SRC has readied a 3-person advance response team, which could depart as early as tomorrow (Tuesday) on a 6-day mission, to conduct ground assessments and to support the Palang Merah Indonesia (“PMI” - Indonesian Red Cross) to distribute relief supplies to displaced families. The Indonesian Red Cross has been on the frontline of search and rescue efforts, providing emergency disaster relief.

All donations to the Singapore Red Cross will go towards the purchase of relief items, such as:

- First aid supplies

- Hygiene kits

- Water systems

- Jerry cans

- Tarpaulins

- Mosquito nets

- Blankets and

- Sleeping mats for displaced survivors; and the longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General and CEO of Singapore Red Cross, said, “We are saddened that Indonesia has once again been struck by a major earthquake. The extent of the full devastation is still unfolding - with a rapidly increasing number of fatalities, hundreds of collapsed houses and buildings, and tens of thousands of homeless people. The twin disaster has also caused much damage to infrastructure, including the network of roads and bridges. This poses difficulty to not just the search and rescue efforts, but also the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the affected areas. The humanitarian needs are dire, and we are working closely with PMI on relief efforts to affected areas. We stand in solidarity with our Indonesian friends during this difficult time.”

Triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, the tsunami reportedly sent waves that reached up to six metres high in some areas to shores, flattening and collapsing establishments. A 14-day state of emergency was declared by the Central Sulawesi administration on Sunday to effectively mobilise and coordinate logistics and aid to reach survivors.

The latest devastation to hit Indonesia, the twin-disaster comes on the back of the 6.9-magnitude earthquake which struck Lombok in August, killing more than 550 people. The Singapore Red Cross team had donated S$50,000 in humanitarian aid, and deployed two disaster relief teams to East, North and West Lombok - one of which was caught in a powerful aftershock.

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