Haiti Earthquake Appeal reaches £12 million overnight

By staff writers
January 16, 2010

Web and phone donations to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal over the past 24 hours have added £10m to the £2m already raised, the Disasters Emergency Committee coalition announced this morning.

The massive response shows the UK public understand that member agencies need their support as they overcome grave communications and logistical problems to help the tens of thousands of people desperately needing assistance, says DEC.

The amount includes online and phone donations only, with amounts from corporate, postal, events, SMS and over-the-counter donations still to be recorded.

The DEC consists of Action Aid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.

At a speech to the Fabian's 2010 Conference today, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, declared: "It must now be said of Haiti, the poorest country in the western world, the country that in a short span has suffered three devastating hurricanes and now been shattered by one of the world’s worst earthquakes, that its wounded people need not just charity for a day, or sympathy for a week, but all that compassion can offer."

Relief has been arriving in Port au Prince at last, but too little has moved beyond the jammed airport say NGOs and reporters.

Damage to the seaport, roads and other infrastructure has prevented the speedy distribution of food, water and medical supplies.

To make a donation to the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal visit www.dec.org.uk or call 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any post office or high street bank, or send a cheque made payable to ‘DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal’ to PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA.

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