Thursday, December 30, 2004

ASIA TIDAL WAVES - Help tsunami victims!

Spare a thought, spare some change.

Here are the various ways you can make a contribution to Mercy Relief's cause in helping the less fortunate amongst Man. Your contribution is precious.

Background/Crisis

More than 24,000 people were killed when the world's strongest earthquake in 40 years unleashed flash floods and giant tidal waves across a huge swathe of South and South-East Asia. Measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, the massive underwater earthquake struck off the western coast of northern Sumatera on 26th Dec 2004, triggering the killer waves that swept away entire coastal villages and seaside resorts in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Maldives, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

How the disaster struck


Physical damage and emotional loss were immense, as many lost their
homes and family members in a matter of minutes. Waterborne-diseases such as cholera and dysentery are also threatening to increase the death toll, as the lack of clean drinking water, rotting corpses and the breaking down of health systems in the affected areas threaten an epidemic.

With countless rendered homeless and hungry, there is an urgent need for humanitarian aid to be extended to these stricken victims.

And the new found death rates are increasing every minutes..

In response to this humanitarian crisis, Mercy Relief and its institutional partners – Singapore Soka Association (SSA) & Young Sikh Association (YSA) –together with the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRCS) are conducting a nationwide fundraising campaign for the victims of the calamity.

This fundraising effort would allow Singaporeans from all walks of life to extend aid and compassion to our fellow neighbours in a substantial and concerted manner. The funds raised will be channelled towards supporting humanitarian relief and rehabilitation operations for more than 12,000 families in the affected countries, and assist in bringing their derailed lives back on track.

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For more information, please call Mercy Relief at: 6332 6320

If you wish to make a contribution may do so via:

Modes of Donations

TELE-MERCY
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Simply dial:
1900 - 911 1150 for $50 donation
1900 - 911 1110 for $10 donation

CHEQUES
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Please make the cheque payable to:

MERCY RELIEF
with 'ASIA TIDAL WAVES' written on the reverse.

Please include name, address and contact number for the issuance of receipt and mail it to:

Mercy Relief
36, Purvis Street, #02-03, Singapore 188613

Alternatively, you may drop in the cheque at your nearest DBS
Bank/POSB Branch(es) and make your donation to:

ACCOUNT NAME: MERCY RELIEF
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 054-900493-6

DIRECT ATM TRANSFER / INTERNET BANKING
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Donate through any DBS Bank/POSB ATM Kiosk or Internet Banking
account to MERCY Relief's DBS Bank account

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 054-900493-6

Donate online.
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Via http://www.mercyrelief.org/asiatidal.html

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Mercy Relief, a Singapore humanitarian organisation, is raising funds
for the victims of the asian tidal wave disaster.
http://www.mercyrelief.org

32 Comments:

At 5:35 PM, Blogger bankrobber said...

The incredible event of the sea surge in Asia has left me completely reeling. The death toll rises and rises, it now stands between sixty and seventy thousand people, with the waves so strong that its wet death spread even as far as the shores of Africa. I am not going to go all Sir Bob Geldolf on you, despite my Irish ancestry, but please, please, please if you only ever make one tiny charitable donation in your life, make it now and make it soon. The greatest tragedy is the loss of children. One half of all those washed from existence according to BBC radio this morning were children. This is the largest death toll from a tsunami in recorded history. More children WILL die as the after-effects begin to kick in, with disease and malnutrition.

It is at times like these that you can rightfully look into the eyes of our religious leaders and say “why?” Demographically the countries hit have genuine multi belief systems that span from Christianity, Islamism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism and other traditional local religions. Also, with the exception of maybe two of the countries hit, nearly all of them practice tolerance towards other religious groups. As for the colour of skin, all shades are represented here; ethnicity could be no more diverse than in this region of the world. So if God or Gods or Goddess’ exist, black, white, gay or straight why is it necessary to wipe out over 30,000 children. No doubt, some fat balding American or European will be reclining in there leather desk chair reading this and explaining away natural disasters such as this in terms of natural law, keeping the planets population in check. And I worry if President Bush is bringing together a council of war to invade this rouge country of Tsunami; such is the mis-understanding of this region of the world.

Fifty English pence buys a survival kit that can provided sustenance for two weeks, that is about a Dollar or a Euro or a quarter of the price of your cheeseburger. Hell, I hate it when people TELL me what I should or shouldn’t be giving too, so just read the stories yourself, go to your news sites and read. Then give a little something, I couldn’t be any poorer right now by Western standards, seriously, what with my mum passing away, traveling to Ireland, legal fees to fight for me to see my son, four children, Christmas and a low wage, I am completely fucking skint! But I am not going to starve; I am not going to drink cholera infested water; I am not going to huddle under a thin bit of plastic tonight shoeless and hopeless. Please please give something and post this UNICEF link on your blog so that it may inspire others to give. I have faith in the blogging community as the new world order, the genuine council of the world, the balanced intelligentsia. We can make a difference, even if it is just your change in your pocket, seriously, that may save a life.

Sorry if this is bit heavy and away from my usual selfish and melancholy ranting, but I can’t just sit by. Here is the link. Take care. http://www.unicef.org/

 
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