Tuesday, February 15, 2005

£1,000 away from half a million

* Charities to focus on other needs

by Alice Mascarenhas

Gibraltar’s contribution to the Tsunami disaster is just £1000 short of half a million pounds. Red Cross Treasurer Charlie Montegriffo yesterday received a cheque for the Gibraltar Red Cross Tsunami Appeal fund from the children at Sacred Heart School for £1,750.

This now means that the fund today stands at £499,000.00. Mr Montegriffo confirmed there was still more money to come in and was confident that the half a million figure would be surpassed.

The children at Sacred Heart Middle School raised the sum of £1,750 through collections, raffles, and events organised in the school. Some children also chose to break their piggy banks. Mr Montegriffo gave the school assembled in the playground a short talk of where the money raised for the Tsunami appeal fund was being used. He was presented with the cheque by the headmaster Arturo Gonzalez and two of the pupils.

Meanwhile Mr Montegriffo explained that Red Cross International had informed the local branch that the appeal had been closed as the target figure of £1.6 billion had been met to deal with the problems affecting the area over the next ten years.

“Once everyone has collected the amount they had intended to raise for the tsunami fund they should then put their future efforts in helping to raise funds for other charities and funds which also need help,” he told the Chronicle.

Mr Montegriffo thanked everyone who had contributed towards the Red Cross Tsunami appeal and how the whole of Gibraltar had responded to the disaster.

“Organisations, businesses big and small, clubs, and individuals, to all of them who have helped to raise the half a million pounds locally, thank you.”

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