31 December 04
Wick Pipe Band Donates Christmas Show Money To Disaster Appeal
Wick Pipe Band has donated the proceeds of its Scottish
Variety Show held on Thursday night (30 December 2004) in the Pipe Band
Hall to the Tsunami Disaster Appeal. Before the show the band
members decided that all the proceeds should go to the disaster relief
fund for the survivors of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. We felt that
those poor souls were more in need of the money than the Pipe Band.
The show raised £276.50 which was paid into the disaster relief fund
account today at the Bank of Scotland.
Wick Pipe Band Scottish Variety Show Finale
Caithness Folk Donating In Big Numbers To Disaster Appeals
Shops all over Caithness have been running collections for the Asian
Disaster. In Wick Somerfields had already collected over £400
from a bucket in the shop. Staff at the store had a collection
amongst themselves and collected £320 at their break this morning.
Banks in Caithness have had unprecedented numbers of their customers
asking to pay funds directly into special accounts set up for the disaster
appeal. Tellers at the banks say they have never seen anything like
the numbers of customers donating in any emergency appeal. The
collections are everywhere. Co-op staff in Wick and Thurso had
collection buckets at checkouts and cash was still to be counted and
looked as if significant sums would be collected on one of the busiest
shopping days before the New Year holiday. Three taxi firms are
donating ten pence from every fare collected to the appeal and expect to
make a donation of several hundred pounds in the next few days.
Everyone has seen the pictures on TV and realised this disaster is on an
unimaginable scale and will need a huge effort from everyone who can
afford it to make some contribution. Many Caithness folk have been
to the countries concerned and are acutely aware of the devastation this
will have caused.
31 December 04
OVERWHELMING PUBLIC GENEROSITY IN WAKE OF TSUNAMI QUAKE CRISIS
British public give £32 million to the DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal
The British public has donated £32 million to the Disasters Emergency
Committee's Tsunami Earthquake appeal since it started on Tuesday.
Overnight, the figure has increased by over £7 million to a staggering £32
million. The DEC received over 300,000 calls last night alone.
"The response from the British public has been absolutely phenomenal.
We're touched that people are so willing to give what they can to this
appeal. These donations make a significant difference," said Brendan
Gormley, the Chief Executive of the DEC.
"Money pledged so far is already making a difference to
people whose lives have been shattered by this crisis. Life saving
supplies such as food, water, medicines and shelter are already getting
through," adds Brendan Gormley. "But this is a crisis that is
unprecedented in its scale. It will take many months and even years for
communities to recover. So we ask the British public to continue in their
generosity and support. The money is vital."
The 24 hour donation line is 0870 60 60 900 or donate
online at www.dec.org.uk
Donations can also be sent by post to:
DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal
PO Box 999
London EC3A 3AA
Cheques made payable: DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal
Donations can also be taken at any high street back.
You can use banks to give cash or
cheques, payable to the DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal. Or donate cash or
cheques, payable to Post Office ltd, at Post Offices.
Special Postal Arrangements To
Speed Cheque Donations
A special '999' PO Box has been set up by Royal Mail to speed donations.
Post cheques, payable to the
DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal, to:
PO Box 999,
You can also donate cash or
unwanted Christmas gifts at Oxfam shops.
£15 Will buy one family plastic sheeting a water
container and purification tablets
£35 Provide family with enough food for a week
£100 Zinc sheeting and timber to help rebuild two family homes
The Disasters Emergency Committee is an umbrella
organisation of Britain's 12 leading aid agencies which launches and
coordinates Britain's national appeal in response to major disasters
overseas. Members of the DEC are: Action Aid, British Red
Cross, CAFOD, Care International UK, Christian Aid, Concern, Help the
Aged, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.
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