· PUBLIC APPEAL FOR DONATIONS
· HOTLINES TO RESTORE FAMILY LINKS
Singapore, 22 April 2013 – The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will send relief supplies worth S$150,000 to the survivors of the Sichuan Earthquake in China. This first tranche of aid includes the Singapore government’s contribution of S$50,000.
“We are coordinating our relief response with our sister national society, Red Cross Society of China, and our partners on the ground, to get the supplies on the ground soonest possible. Some 120,000 people in Lushan county need temporary shelter, food, drinking water and medicines immediately," said Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General of Singapore Red Cross.
The Singapore Red Cross is extending its operating hours to receive donations for its public fundraising appeal (see below). It has also launched two hotlines for its ‘Restoring Family Links’ programme, to help those in Singapore trace their family members affected by the earthquake.
"Disasters leave more than physical wounds. Through our assistance, we hope to bring some comfort to the same people who were hit by the 2008 quake,“ Mr William added.
The Singapore Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation and plan further relief assistance.