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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Tsunami

We are all on holidays from our course, but I know that all of the students in our class are thinking of the the thousands of people affected by the tsunami.

I was sent a very good article on what to do to help by Intrepid Express, an online travel magazine. Read what they say:

Here are some ideas for ways that you can help...

  • Ask your company to make a corporate donation.
  • Organise an employee event.
  • Spread the word and ask your friends and family to donate - you could always have a BBQ and put a donation jar on the table.
  • Change your email signature to include a link to tell people how to donate.
  • Print some donation forms and have them handy for whenever it comes up in conversation.
  • If you belong to a club or group, mobilize them to raise funds for a tsunami relief appeal.
  • Distribute brochures at your local library, doctor's office etc.
  • Contact local charities and volunteer to work in call centres or do administrative tasks.
  • If you want to volunteer to help out in the regions affected, please contact registered aid agencies as the relief needs to be coordinated and they will be able to advise if there are any vacancies. Your country's volunteer agency may be setting up a registry of organisations seeking in-country support, but language skills are normally considered a pre-requisite.
  • Aid agencies are working around the clock in an effort to find homes for orphans in their local communities. Adoption is considered a very last resort and the least positive alternative for the children, so you may want to consider sponsoring a child or donating to organisations that are specifically focused on the needs of children, such as Plan and Save the Children.
  • If you are travelling to Thailand, you can donate suitable clothing, sheets and blankets. The government has set up many collection sites and a number of companies have donated transport to get the goods down to the South. A huge thanks to the passengers who have already donated a lot of goods.
  • Blood donations - there has been a huge response throughout Thailand, so for the time being supplies are sufficient. But if travelling in other affected countries they may be in need of blood donors.

They have set up an appeal (asking for money for a charity) on The Intrepid Foundation- Asian Tsunami Appeal

You can go to this site Understanding Tsunamis at Discovery School and have a look at videos that explain how tsunamis are formed.


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