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Jersey Overseas Aid pledges £350,000 for Indonesian disaster survivors

Local charity Jersey Overseas Aid has pledged £350,000 to help people who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi.

The disaster has claimed nearly 2,000 lives and affected up to 1.5 million people. 75,000 people have lost their homes and 5,000 are feared missing.

The funds will be split between the British Red Cross, CARE International and UNICEF to provide emergency supplies, shelter and help with search and rescue efforts.

The Rotary Club de la Manche has donated two shelter boxes which include a water purification system, cooking equipment, mosquito nets and blankets.

The kits cost £590 each and contain important items to help people cook and stay warm. Credit: Rotary Club de la Manche

It is right that Jersey joins the international community in helping those worse affected by the recent disasters in Sulawesi and I am proud of the Island’s record in answering the call of those in need. These funds will make a significant difference to thousands of individuals.

– Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chairman of Jersey Overseas Aid

Last week founder of Guernsey charity Bridge2 Sarah Griffith called on islanders to support the aid efforts.

The charity is hoping to raise £50,000 to buy food, water, heavy lifting equipment and water purification systems.