Thursday, January 06, 2005

Gibraltar's response to Tsunami Disaster

Rotary Club of Gibraltar yesterday publicised the result of the meeting of Gibraltar’s Service clubs, Charities and other Organisations held on Tuesday 4 January 2005 at The Rock Hotel.

A spokesman said: “The meeting was very well attended and decided by consensus to move forward in three stages. As an immediate response to the South Asia Disaster the meeting decided to assist with the money collection by the British Red Cross (Gibraltar Branch). This collection is entirely directed at the UK’s DEC - Disaster Emergency Committee's Tsunami Disaster Appeal. This assistance included an additional collection at the Three Kings’ Cavalcade and additional assistance at the Red Cross collection on Friday 7 January 2005 by volunteers from the associations present.” “The meeting of clubs, charities and associations will reconvene on Tuesday to elect a working committee which will then set its own objectives. This committee will be known as the Relief Operations Committee. The meeting to elect this working committee will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 11 January 2005 at the Rock Hotel. Any associations which missed the first meeting are welcome to attend.

“In the long term each service club, charity and association will continue to work independently as we have until now attending to our own area of service to our community and to our work outside Gibraltar. The Relief Operations Committee may also decide to remain active for general purposes or specific purposes in future.”

Gibraltar observes 'Three minute silence'

It was a day of contrasts in Gibraltar yesterday. During the day a three minute silence for the Tsunami victims in south east Asia was observed by staff at Convent Place including the Chief Minister Peter Caruana. Also in the picture Deputy Governor David Blunt joins the silent tribute. Around Gibraltar the three minute silence was spontaneously observed by members of the public who also showed their commiserations for the terrible tragedy that has afflicted Sri Lanka, Thailand and adjoining countries in the Indian Ocean.

Gibraltar Tsunami Fund at over £160,000

Gibraltar Red Cross South East Asia Appeal now stands at £161.962. The amount is expected to raise even further with last nights collection and tomorrow’s flag day. The Barclays Bank Account is called The British Red Cross South East Asia Appeal Fund - account number is 1091667.

Flags flew at half-mast yesterday as Gibraltar grieved for the victims of the Tsunami Disaster.


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