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Jumaat, 14 Januari 2011

More dry food, diapers needed for Aceh survivors

By Hjh Saemah Zulkefli

THE 300-strong Belait District Red Crescent Association is appealing for more dry foods and disposable diapers as it steps up its collection of clothes, food and medical aid to help the survivors of the tsunami disaster.

The donation campaign started two days after the disaster struck with the opening of a donation reception centre at the association’s offices at Jalan Bendahari.

International Public Communications Officer of the association, Awang Haji Mohd. Ali, said that the association is accepting donations from 7 am to 10 pm everyday.

More than 20 boxes of clothes and baby items have been collected from the Scouts Association, the public and some private companies in the district, he said.

Items such as dry foods and disposable diapers are still needed to help the survivors in the tsunami-stricken Indonesian region of Aceh, he said.

He said that donations were also raised through the sales of flags and donation boxes placed at supermarkets and shops in the district – the collections will continue until February.

He added that about 20 members of the association will be sent to Aceh and Sri Lanka to help the tsunami victims for about six months.

Members of the Belait District Red Crescent Association working hard in collecting aid for the donation reception centre

The aid programme is sponsored by International Red Cross Association of Thailand and run by the International Red Cross Association of Indonesia.

However, the volunteers are still awaiting approval from the Government before they are flown off to the tsunami-hit areas.


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