80pc of Dutch donate to disaster relief: poll
4 January 2004AMSTERDAM — An overwhelming majority of the Dutch public is donating money to relief agencies following the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean, according to a new opinion poll. It also suggests the total donated by Dutch people will surpass EUR 75 million.
4 January 2004
AMSTERDAM — An overwhelming majority of the Dutch public is donating money to relief agencies following the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean, according to a new opinion poll. It also suggests the total donated by Dutch people will surpass EUR 75 million.
*sidebar1*Conducted by Maurice de Hond, the poll found that at least 80 percent of the Dutch public has already given, or intends to give, money in the wake of the tsunami on 26 December that killed an estimated 145,000 people.
About 9 percent of the respondents said they knew at least one person who was in the region when the tsunami struck. And 83 percent said the Dutch national news organisation NOS had a duty to continue extensive news coverage of the tragedy.
De Hond said that based on the average amount donated by individuals so far he expected the amount to double following a special televised appeal scheduled for Thursday. He said the total amount raised in the Netherlands could pass EUR 75 million.
It was announced on Monday that the public, companies and other organisations have so far donated EUR 26 million to the Dutch disaster relief bank account, giro 555.
One third of the people questioned also said their New Year celebrations were muted this year out of solidarity with the tsunami victims. Among the households that usually buy fireworks for New Year's Eve, 10 percent said they refrained from purchasing any this year and 5 percent said they bought less, news agency Novum reported.
The Dutch government information service RVD said on Tuesday that the Monarch, Queen Beatrix, had made a substantial contribution to giro 555. The RVD refused to put a figure on the amount she donated.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Indian Ocean tsunami