Jewish Aid Australia running Haiti appeal

January 18, 2010 by J-Wire Staff
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After two days, Jewish Aid Australia’s campaign to raise funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake has raised over $10,000.This message to all concerned  Jewish Australians and New Zealanders:

All proceeds from this appeal will be distributed to CARE Australia, which is a non-religious and non-political Australian charity, who are conducting a large scale relief and rescue operation:

“CARE is deploying additional emergency team members to the devastated city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, where the worst earthquake in 200 years destroyed houses and left thousands homeless. While the exact death toll from the 7.0-magnitude quake is not yet known, it is expected to be catastrophic.

“It is just morning here now,” describes CARE’s Country Director in Haiti Sophie Perez on January 13, less than a day after the quake. “I can hear helicopters working on the search and rescue. The immediate need is to rescue people trapped in the rubble, then to get people food and water. We’re particularly worried about the children, because so many schools seem to have collapsed. Children were still in school in the afternoon when the earthquake hit, so there are many children trapped. It’s horrifying.”

The Australian Jewish community is being mobilised to support Haitians in their time of need. Please consider a generous contribution to JAA’s Haiti Appeal, to enable CARE to assist communities in Haiti to respond, recover and rebuild in the wake of this enormous disaster.

Donations can be made by credit card over here or direct debit online (see below). All donations are tax deductible. (Please allow one month for your receipt to arrive)

Thank you for your generous support.

For more information about Jewish Aid Australia click here.

For a direct deposit (please email us after you have transfered your donation), our account details are as follows:

Bank Bendigo
Account Jewish Aid Australia
BSB 633000
Account number 123798688
The CEO of Jewish Aid Australia, Gary Samowitz, told J-Wire: “The organisation was founded in 1994 to aid victims of the Rwanda genocide. Since then we have set up local and international development programs, and have run several emergency relief appeals. In 2004, we raised $200,000 for those affected by the Tsunami and last year we contributed over $430,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.”

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