Public donates EUR 160 to tsunami appeal

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26 January 2005AMSTERDAM — The main Dutch aid agencies have asked the public not to organise any more fundraising events for the tsunami relief effort.

26 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — The main Dutch aid agencies have asked the public not to organise any more fundraising events for the tsunami relief effort.

The organisations say EUR 160.5 million has already been donated to the special account Giro 555, excluding the EUR 5 million being donated by the government for development aid.

The agencies, who are united under the banner SHO, expect the full amount will be sufficient for their operations.

"This gigantic support for the victims of this disaster is unique in the history of Dutch humanitarianism,"  SHO chairman Henk Franken said.

"The response from the Dutch public to the national campaign for Asia has been so big that we (relief agencies) almost have enough money for our activities over the next two years."

Comedy club Boom Chicago in Amsterdam is holding a special performance and party on 6 February in response to the tsunami. The money raised by this event will go directly to a Dutch organisation helping orphans in Sri Lanka. Click here for details.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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