Less than 10pc of Dutch give to quake victims

26th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 October 2005, AMSTERDAM - The Dutch are expected to give far less to the earthquake in Pakistan than they did for the victims of last December's Asian tsunami, according to a TNS survey for RTL Nieuws.

26 October 2005

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch are expected to give far less to the earthquake in Pakistan than they did for the victims of last December's Asian tsunami, according to a TNS survey for RTL Nieuws.

Expectations are that the Dutch will donate 35 million euros to Pakistan via the Giro 800800 donation service. But the Dutch public, only three percent of which has so far donated, has given only three million euros, with the Dutch Cabinet giving two million, according to the Telegraaf. This is in sharp contrast to the 60 percent who gave to the earlier tsunami disaster.

The Netherlands' Queen Beatrix however is reported to have made a ‘substantial’ gift to Giro 800800. According to the Telegraaf, the Queen did not want to disclose the amount but that it is equal to that given earlier to the tsunami victims.

Although the reason behind the TV benefit on Wednesday is to encourage the Dutch to give more to the earthquake victims, expectations are that this amount will fall short of the amount given to the earlier flood victims.

Many Dutch people are afraid that their money will not actually reach the victims, according to the survey.

Half of the respondents said they thought the money intended for the tsunami should now be donated to Pakistan, with older respondents in particular saying that the money should be diverted to the most recent disaster.

The television charity event will be broadcasted tonight from the field hockey benefit competition in Rotterdam.

Meanwhile, The municipality of Zoetermeer announced it is to give EUR 117,000 to the earthquake victims.

For each resident of Zoetermeer the city will donate one euro, the city said on Wednesday.

This total amount is to go to the giro donation service 800800 of the Dutch relief organisation Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties.

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