Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Victor Chandler donates £150,000 for Tsunami Appeal

* Red Cross Flag Day on Friday

International bookmakers Victor Chandler - vcbet - will donate £1 to the Tsunami Disasters Emergency Committee for every bet placed with vcbet over the next seven days.

The company has guaranteed a minimum donation of £150,000 which is based on bets placed on the internet and telephone.

“Everybody has been affected in some way or another with this terrible tragedy and we felt that we wanted to make some contribution to the DEC - Disaster Emergency Committee's Tsunami Disaster Appeal that is co-ordinating the fund raising for UK based charities which includes the British Red Cross, Cafod, Oxfam, Save the Children Fund, Tearfund, Christian Aid and Action Aid,” Chairman Victor Chandler said.


The monies raised will be donated to the Gibraltar Red Cross. The appeal ends on Sunday 9 January.

Meanwhile the Gibraltar Branch of the Red Cross will go ahead with a flag day on Friday in aid of the victims of the Tsunami disaster in South East Asia. The Flag Day will begin at 9am and the central point will be the Piazza. Once again the Red Cross is calling for as many helpers as possible to be able to cover the whole of Main Street and side streets.

Lady Richards yesterday asked for the money raised so far to be transferred to the International Red Cross account. Chairman Tony Lombard confirmed that the ‘swift transfer was already in hand and that £100,000 of the money already raised in Gibraltar would be transferred immediately to help the victims.

“We have already been in touch with the Headquarters in London where the emergency aid is being co-ordinated for the relief effort,” he said.


Treasurer Charles Montegriffo sorting out the transfer said London had already been asked to let the Red Cross Branch know how the money would be utilised to help the victims.

Mr Lombard insisted the account in Barclays Bank would remain open indefinitely.

“As per usual our generosity locally has outstripped all other countries on a per capita basis,” he added, “roughly working out to around three and a half pounds per head, and that is just the beginning because we believe the donations will continue to grow in the coming days and weeks.” “We must give thanks to the people of Gibraltar for their generosity and for responding so quickly,” said Mr Montegriffo..”


The Barclays Bank Account is called The British Red Cross South East Asia Appeal Fund has been opened at Barclays Bank. The account number is 1091667.

SAFEWAY HELP THE TSUNAMI CAUSE

Over the past few days local Superstore Safeway have joined the fundraising appeal for the victims of the Tsunami disaster. Collection buckets were placed on each till and in a short space of time the store raised in excess of £7000. The money raised locally will go to Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group for leading charities set up to coordinate all fundraising activities for the Tsunami appeal. Store Manager Gary Chant and all the staff have thanked all their customers for their generosity over the New Year.

HOLY TRINITY FUND RAISING FOR VICTIMS IN SRI LANKA

The Holy Trinity Cathedral has raised over £1000 for the people affected by the tsunami disaster. “All chaplaincies and congregations in the Diocese will be directing its aid to Sri Lanka and taking part in the Diocesan Appeal. So far from Chaplaincy funds and parishioners locally we have over £1,700 to send,” Dean Alan Woods told the Chronicle yesterday. Anyone who would like to be associated with the Anglican Community in this way should take their donation to the Deanery marked ‘Disaster Fund’ - any cheques made payable to Holy Trinity Cathedral. Bishop Geoffrey launched the appeal on the eve of the New Year after he received a message from the Bishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bishop Duleep de Chickera, whom has known for many years. 2005 he said was also a year of special significance to everyone in the Diocese as it marked the 25th anniversary of the Diocese in Europe.

“They need resources, not only now when the needs are urgent, but as they face the long work of enabling people destitute and dispossessed to rebuild their lives. I am therefore asking all in the Diocese to respond to Bishop Duleep’s appeal,” he stated.


In his own letter of appeal Bishop Duleep said;

“Our needs are enormous. Thanks to the overwhelming response we have had locally, we are able to provide some immediate relief. This will have to continue for at least six months as houses have to be rebuilt for most of the affected. There is also a need for paramedical and trauma counselling personnel who can assist local voluntary efforts. It is long-term rehabilitation rebuilding houses, providing for economic livelihood (replacing destroyed fishing boats, restoring farmlands together with inputs for farming, rehabilitating small businesses, etc) - that is going to be the biggest challenge.”

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