Dutch raise EUR 200m for tsunami relief

26th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has raised EUR 200 million so far for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

26 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has raised EUR 200 million so far for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Money continues to be donated to the appeal fund and EUR 100 million has already been earmarked for specific projects in the affected region, aid group SHO said on Tuesday.

SHO is the joint appeal fund operated by several Dutch aid agencies, including the Dutch branches of the Red Cross, UNICEF and Doctors without Borders.

The organisation said the enormous amount of the proceeds will allow Dutch agencies to not only offer emergency help to victims, but continue reconstruction work in the long-term.

More than 200,000 people are thought to have died when a quake under the sea caused a tsunami that struck countries across Asia and East Africa.

Businesses and members of the public gave almost EUR 165 million to the fund on their own initiative, rather than as part of an organised drive. Of this, EUR 12.5 million was donated via the internet.

A joint radio appeal raised EUR 5 million, while the government gave another EUR 5 million.

The government also earmarked EUR 200 million directly to the international relief effort.

A benefit single 'Artiesten voor Azië', or Artists for Asia, sold 110,000 copies and raised more than EUR 450,000 for the SHO fund.

Prior to the tsunami disaster, the most successful fundraising appeal in the Netherlands was for the victims of violence in Kosovo in 1999. Almost EUR 52 million was raised on that occasion.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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