Dutch donations hit EUR 54m

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5 January 2005AMSTERDAM — The Dutch public has donated EUR 54.3 million to a special account to help the victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean region. The figure is expected to rise significantly following a televised appeal on Thursday.

5 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch public has donated EUR 54.3 million to a special account to help the victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean region. The figure is expected to rise significantly following a televised appeal on Thursday.

The money is being collected by giro 555, a bank account operated by SHO, an umbrella organisation representing several Dutch aid agencies, including the Dutch Red Cross.

The current balance collected for the tsunami appeal is a record for the Netherlands. The previous record was in 1999 when 114 Guilders (almost EUR 52 million) was raised for the victims of the Kosovo conflict, news agency ANP reported.

Public television station Nederland 2 is joining with rival commercial stations RTL 4 and SBS 6 to host a joint appeal for the tsunami relief fund on Thursday. Eleven radio stations are also cooperating to appeal for donations.

Pollster Maurice de Hond has already predicted that the final balance for the tsunami appeal will reach EUR 75 million.

Several Dutch provincial governments have pledged large donations. The authority in Overijssel pledged EUR 1 million from its reserves on Wednesday. The money will be paid to to giro 555. Gelderland has also pledged EUR 1 million and Brabant said it would give EUR 250,000.

Insurance company DSW, which is based in Schiedam near Rotterdam, announced on Tuesday it was donating at least EUR 1 million. The final figure might be increased by another million or two, the company said. 

Employees of businesses across the country have agreed to surrender paid leave in order for the wages for those days to be donated to giro 555. The tax office has indicated though that it will still levy tax on these contributions.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, Indian Ocean disaster

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