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Charities launch Haiti earthquake appeals

Howard Lake | 13 January 2010 | News

UK charities have launched appeals to help them assist the people of Haiti affected by yesterday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake. According to the BBC it is the strongest quake to have hit the country in two centuries.
Oxfam GB has placed its appeal prominently on its website’s front page, and includes a link to news on the latest situation in Haiti. Oxfam Ireland, which covers Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, has also launched an appeal.
Similarly the British Red Cross has a prominent emergency appeal on its front page, together with a main news update. It already released £200,000 from its Disaster Fund to support the relief effort, and it reports that the Vodafone Foundation has already made a £25,000 donation to the appeal.
The charity also created an emergency appeal video very quickly:

Save the Children UK has launched a £3 million emergency appeal and already released £50,000 from its funds.
Christian Aid has launched a £1 million appeal.
UNICEF UK‘s two main items on its front page are an urgent appeal to help them help the children of Haiti affected by the disaster, and an update on what its teams are doing in Haiti already.
MSF UK has also launched an appeal.
CAFOD has made available £100,000 to assist with the relief effort.
The Disasters Emergency Committee is “urgently assessing the situation against its criteria for launching an appeal”.
UK and international charities are posting details of appeals and updates using Twitter, and some can be found using the Help Haiti or #Haiti keywords and hashtags.