Giro 555 raises EUR 125m for tsunami aid

12th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch public and business sector has donated in total EUR 124.6 million to the nation's Indian Ocean tsunami-relief fund, Giro 555, the co-operative aid group SHO announced on Wednesday.

12 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch public and business sector has donated in total EUR 124.6 million to the nation's Indian Ocean tsunami-relief fund, Giro 555, the co-operative aid group SHO announced on Wednesday.

The total includes the money raised by a radio and television appeal last week, but excluding the extra EUR 5 million promised by Overseas Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne on Tuesday.

The donations are from members of the public or companies who donated money or carried out fundraising activities to assist the tsunami-hit regions in Asia and Africa.

SHO will pass on part of the raised funds to aid groups such as Plan Nederland, Hivos, Stichting Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children. The groups had requested more money to carry out various projects.

Several applications for smaller projects are still being processed, with smaller organisations given until mid-February to submit an application for SHO membership.

Large organisations such as Doctors Without Borders, Kerkinactie (Church in Action), Mensen in Nood (People in Need), Novib and the Dutch Red Cross are some of the permanent SHO members.
 
The national fundraising activity will continue in coming weeks, with members of the public and businesses still busy setting up projects and various actions. Giro 555 will thus remain open in the coming period for further donations.

The Dutch government announced on Tuesday a EUR 200m reconstruction package for the tsunami-hit regions, coming on top of the EUR 35 million already promised in emergency aid and the EUR 5 million being donated to Giro 555.

The Dutch public has never before raised so much money for humanitarian aid. The record was broken on 5 January when Giro 555 reached EUR 54.3 million in donations. Some EUR 50 million was donated for the Kosovo victims in 1999-2000. Some EUR 35 million was donated to Rwanda in 1994.

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