HELP RED CROSS AND UNICEF HELP VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS
I am creating this my first thread in order to HELP RED CROSS HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS - THE TYPHOON HITTING THE PHILIPPINES AND VIETNAM, THE TSUNAMI HITTING THE ISLANDS OF TONGA AND SAMOA and THE EARTHQUAKES IN PERU and SUMATRA (an island which is part of INDONESIA and hit twice).
So many disasters in less than one week is overwhelming even for a large international organization such as RED CROSS, and due to the destruction of the infrastructure it is difficult to reach all those people affected by these disasters.
RED CROSS is simply overwhelmed by all these disasters in just a few days.
In Denmark on Sunday 4 October the Danish Red Cross has its annual collection. The means collected on Sunday will go to help victims of natural disasters throughout the world.
I have consulted the website of the Danish Red Cross which asks for a lot more collectors on Sunday so that it is possible to call on all Danish households in the hope of a money contribution. Therefore: Danes reading this - please spread the news of the RED CROSS collection on Sunday to your family and friends: Volunteer to help Danish Red Cross by collecting money from the Danish households on Sunday or by donating money.
And coldplayers from other countries: You can donate money to your national Red Cross organization.
HELP RED CROSS HELP VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS!
For a change I will make an appeal in rhymes:
And another message I would like to get to you
Please support the organization Red Cross, please do
The numbers of victims are increasing hour by hour
let us do everything within our power
Let us be open-minded and willing to help
in that way we are also doing good to ourselves!
This appeal is made to help the organization Red Cross which is overwhelmed by the large number of natural catastrophes that occurred in a few days. Red Cross has stated that it will help the victims in the areas struck by the recent natural catastrophes (the Philippines, Vietnam, Tonga, Samoa and Sumatra). All contributions are welcome. Help / Donate if you can. Thanks in advance.
I also remind you of the threads here in support of the Philippines - good work is done in favour of the Philippines - i.e by Ioshi, Tonsu, Ian and others. A new typhoon is expected Saturday in the Philippines. So please help / donate, if you can.
Help Red Cross help victims of natural disasters!
Latest news from Danish Red Cross's website: http://drk.dk/
Villages devastated by Padang - Wednesday's devastating earthquake in Padang in Indonesia has placed several villages deserted. Many are almost completely destroyed - 80 percent of the houses are either totally razed or will never be habitable again.
Created: 3 October 2009 by: Hans Beck Gregersen
From the American Red Cross's website:
Red Cross Assists Flooded Communities in Philippines before Stronger Typhoon Strikes Friday, October 02, 2009
While Typhoon Ketsana ravaged the Philippines last week, dropping more than one month’s worth of rain in less than 12 hours, residents are now bracing for the impact of Typhoon Parma on Saturday. In the midst of widespread flooding that has killed hundreds of people, the American Red Cross and its sister Red Cross societies around the world are working to meet local needs.
The approaching storm compounds problems faced by local communities. Of the estimated 2.5 million people that were affected by the first storm, over 500,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes. Local evacuation centers are crowded and temporary shelter facilities are struggling to provide sanitary water for every resident.
“We are contributing at least $70,000 in relief supplies, such as blankets, tarps, and insecticide-treated bednets to prevent malaria” said Alex Mahoney, disaster manager for Asia for the American Red Cross. “An American Red Cross shelter specialist is also en route. As Typhoon Parma approaches, we are in touch with responders throughout the region and are ready to provide more support if needed.”
The American Red Cross supplies are pre-positioned in Kuala Lumpur, and will meet the needs of an estimated 5,000 families.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Red Cross volunteers and staff have been active since before the typhoon, giving early warnings and evacuating residents. They have rescued 900 families to date and are pre-positioning supplies for the next storm.
Typhoon Parma could develop into a super typhoon by tomorrow with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. This is more than twice as strong as Typhoon Ketsana, which put much of the capital city Manila underwater. Last week’s storm was the worst that Manila has faced in over forty years.
While flood waters have already receded in many areas, there has been a significant loss of life, property, agriculture and infrastructure.
YOU can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.
DONATIONS to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.
Red Cross Responds to Flood-ravaged Communities in Philippines and Vietnam
The Philippines Red Cross is performing search and rescue activities, operating shelters, serving hot meals, delivering blankets and other relief supplies to people affected by the storm.
Source / link:
Help Red Cross help the victims of natural disasters
Latest from Ioshi (posted 3 October 2009):
'...the typhoon changed its path, it didn't hit the same are as Ketsana but the northern part of Luzon is experiencing very strong winds, uprooting the trees and destroying houses, especially in Tuguegarao.'
It was nice to hear from Ioshi - and positive news, all things considered.
In Denmark, where Danish Red Cross's collection takes place today, it is really windy, almost storm - and there are frequent squalls with heavy rain and wind. But the sun is shining between the heavy showers, and the shops are open so there should be a good chance of a good result. :)
I hope for a good result of today's Red Cross collection because there are so many victims of all these natural disasters / catastrophes in just a few days.
HELP RED CROSS HELP VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS
Thanks Ioshi - it is so nice that you are back - safe. You are doing such a good work - I consider you an ornament to your country / the Philippines.
I have received a SMS from Mr Anders Ladekarl, the Secretary General of Danish Red Cross, with the result of Danish Red Cross's collection 2009:
"With a total profit of 16.5 million Danish kroner you have helped to give hope to vulnerable and disadvantaged at home and abroad. Thanks for that.
Tomorrow morning, we will send money to the victims of the current disasters in Asia.
Thank you for your efforts! We hope to see you again next year.
Secretary General, Danish Red Cross
Here is a translation of Danish Red Cross's website:
Money from Danish Red Cross's big collection 2009 goes to victims of disasters around the world - and to help vulnerable people in Denmark.
Responsible for this page: Hans Beck Gregersen. Created on 4th October 2009
In the week up to the collection on 4 October 2009, Asia was hit by three major natural disasters.
Three disasters in one week:
1) A typhoon ravaged the Philippines and Vietnam with major flooding.
2) A tsunami rushed over the Samoa and Tonga islands and leveled entire towns with the ground.
3) Two earthquakes struck Sumatra in Indonesia and buried thousands of people under collapsed buildings.
"Although we already have sent 1.5 million Danish Kroner, we will also need money from the collection to help people back on their feet after the disasters in Asia. We are therefore extremely pleased that, today so many people chose to defy the wind and collect money in favour of Danish Red Cross's work," says Secretary General Anders Ladekarl.
Help for lone refugee children in Denmark
Part of the money from the collection also goes to the great work - done by the Danish Red Cross's more than 20,000 volunteers - with vulnerable people in Denmark. At present many refugee children come to Denmark without their families. Some of the children - most of them from Afghanistan - will obtain a residence permit. But often they are completely alone in a foreign country far away from their parents and need support in terms of adults and families to help them start a meaningful life in Denmark.
270,000 trapped in squalid conditions in Sri Lanka
This year's collection also supports the 270,000 Tamils trapped in primitive camps in Sri Lanka. After the Tamil Tigers lost a protracted civil war in the spring, the government interned 270,000 Tamils in large, squalid camps, where 170 people have to share one latrine.
The government of Sri Lanka denies journalists access to the large camps thus cutting these camps off from the outside world. Therefore, people in these camps suffer in silence.
West Africa is under water
Finally, money from the collection goes to help the roughly 600,000 people who suffer from severe flooding in western Africa. There is virtually no focus on these people's fate, but the Danish Red Cross has sent relief workers to the area and helps with both emergency and long-term health projects.
I had a nice day collecting money for Danish Red Cross. Most people were nice and willing to contribute to Danish Red Cross's relief work in favour of the many victims of the natural disasters. And the result of the collection - 16.5 mio. DKK was quite satisfactory.