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Ireland Donates €70 Million to Emergency Appeals
It was announced today that Ireland has donated more than €70 million to Red Cross emergency appeals over the last 10 years. Speaking at the Irish Red Cross in Dublin, Annita Underlin - Director of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Europe Zone, said that, ‘the generosity of the Irish public has literally changed thousands if not millions of lives around the world’.
Thursday 19 August 2010
Twenty four thousand people will be provided with essential hygiene parcels and food supplies this week, thanks to the €75,000, which the Irish Red Cross has transferred to the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement's Pakistan Monsoon Floods Appeal. This has been possible as a result of the generous donations received from people all over the country.
Hygiene parcels will be distributed to 2,955 families and will benefit 20,685 individuals.
The Irish Red Cross today announced that it would send a further €100,000 to help thousands of people in Pakistan who are facing a second bleak winter following the earthquake that struck last 8 October, leaving millions homeless.
More than €2 million was raised in Ireland by the Red Cross to help fund their relief operation on the ground, where more than 73,000 people were killed and 3.5 million were made homeless. This money was used to pay for vital supplies and services in the stricken region.
Blankets, tents, temporary housing materials, clean water and sanitation facilities, …
DUBLINER, Willie Norton leaves again this week for Pakistan where 73,000 were killed and 3.5 million people were forced out of their homes by the devastating earthquake last October.
WITH temperatures plummeting to minus 15 degrees centigrade in earthquake-devastated Pakistan and more people now accessible to outside help, the Irish Red Cross is playing a vital role in supporting the global Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement to step-up the delivery of aid supplies and services.
The disaster unfolding in Pakistan may prove more difficult than the tsunami as it is "a race against time", according to an experienced Irish Red Cross delegate who leaves shortly to take over the delivery of aid to people there.
John Rowland, who oversaw the delivery of aid at the epicentre of the tsunami - Aceh province in Indonesia - forecasts that his new mission in Pakistan will prove even more difficult.
THE Irish Red Cross today announced that the amount raised from public donations here has more than doubled to over half a million but that many millions more are needed.
A total of €85 million is needed to provide essential aid to the hundreds of thousands of men women and children affected by the earthquake in Pakistan who are being helped by the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.
Mr David Andrews, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross said that the death toll in Pakistan is understood to be well in excess of 40,000 and tens of thousands more people are at risk now.
AID is reaching victims of last week's earthquake in Pakistan and the surrounding countries, the Irish Red Cross will tell President Mary McAleese today.
The Irish Red Cross will assure the President that with money donated by Irish people, the people whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake will get aid. President McAleese is the President of the Irish Red Cross by virtue of her office as President of Ireland.
Today's briefing of the President follows concerns that international donations are falling short of the amount needed,
AID is reaching victims of last week's earthquake in Pakistan and the surrounding countries, the Chairman of the Irish Red Cross, David Andrews emphasised today.
Commenting on concerns that international donations are falling short of the amount needed, Mr Andrews said he wished to assure Irish people that their donations to the Red Cross will be used directly for supplying urgently needed shelter, medical aid and food to the victims.