Singapore Red Cross Extends S$150,000 Humanitarian Aid To Sichuan Earthquake Survivors In China


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.

Sichuan Earthquake Appeal – How to Donate

Your donations will help bring urgent relief aid to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the Sichuan earthquake.

Cash donations can be made at Red Cross House at 15 Penang Lane Singapore 238486 (near Dhoby Ghaut MRT)on weekdays from 9am to 7pm and on weekends from 10.30am to 3pm.

Cheques can be made to the ‘Singapore Red Cross Society’ and mailed to the above address. Please indicate ‘Sichuan Earthquake 2013’ on the back of the cheque, along with your name, contact no. and address.

As the funds collected are for international relief, donations will not qualify for tax deduction. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and rehabilitation needs of the people in the affected areas, Singapore Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency preparedness and/or community programmes initiatives for disaster affected communities. The SRC requests that that no in-kind donations be made due to logistical considerations. At this stage, there will no door-to-door fundraising solicitation.

As of 1st May 2013, our fund collection operating hours will be as follow

29 – 30 April: 9am – 7pm

2 May onwards: 9am – 6pm

Closed on Public Holiday (1 May) and Weekends

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