Klinsmann asks tsunami helpers to charity match

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20 January 2005, BERLIN - Some 600 tickets for a fund-raising match between Germany and a Bundesliga all-star team will go to those who personally helped the tsunami victims on site in Asia or back in Germany, national team coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Thursday. Klinsmann and his sponsor, credit card giant MasterCard, said they bought 600 tickets for Tuesday's match in Gelsenkirchen, from which all proceedings will go to the tsunami victims. "We wanted to do something which goes beyond the presentation

20 January 2005

BERLIN - Some 600 tickets for a fund-raising match between Germany and a Bundesliga all-star team will go to those who personally helped the tsunami victims on site in Asia or back in Germany, national team coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Thursday.

Klinsmann and his sponsor, credit card giant MasterCard, said they bought 600 tickets for Tuesday's match in Gelsenkirchen, from which all proceedings will go to the tsunami victims.

"We wanted to do something which goes beyond the presentation of a cheque. It was important for us to honour the engagement of those who helped and to thank them," said Klinsmann.

The German football federation (DFB) has already donated EUR 1.5 million to the tsunami disaster relief fund in anticipation of the match earning between EUR 3.5 and 4 million for the victims.

The money is to be for reconstruction of a hospital in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, which was hit hardest by the 26 December earthquake and following tsunami. Several football projects are also to be supported by the match income.

MasterCard have donated USD 1 million.

The latest estimate on Thursday said that over 220,000 people died in the tsunami, possibly 150,000 in Indonesia alone.

DPA

Subject: German news

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