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2019
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City Corporation encourages donations to Save the Children’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeal after giving £30k

The City of London Corporation has given £30,000 to Save the Children’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeal and is encouraging donations from City firms and individuals.

On December 22nd, a deadly tsunami struck the coastal towns of Sundra Strait in Indonesia after the Anak Krakatau volcano erupted. It has left a trail of destruction in its wake. This comes only weeks after the earthquake and tsunami in October.

Over 420 people have lost their lives and more than 1,000 people have been injured. Tragically, these numbers are likely to increase as rescue efforts continue. Over 880 homes have been destroyed, leaving over 16,000 people to be displaced.

The money given to Save the Children UK will support the charity’s staff on the ground setting up an urgent response, distributing temporary shelter, providing families with essential hygiene and offering psychological support to children to overcome the distressing experience.

The donation comes from the City Corporation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which seeks to relieve human suffering, bringing its total donations in the last two years to £170,000.

In the past, the organisation has given £25,000 towards the We Love Manchester Appeal following the devastating terror attack in the city, £40,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s 2018 Indonesia Tsunami Appeal, and £75,000 in total to emergency appeals in Burma, South Asia and for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Jeremy Mayhew, Chairman of City of London Corporation’s Finance Committee, said:

“These Tsunamis are devastating for Indonesia. So many people have lost their lives, communities have been torn apart and livelihoods have been destroyed.

We are strongly encouraging City firms to support this appeal.

Save the Children is focusing its support on the families who have been deeply affected and left very vulnerable.

“The charity is playing a vital role in the humanitarian response and addressing the psychological distress that the victims will experience.

The City of London Corporation gives millions of pounds to charities each year in a bid to tackle disadvantage and create a more fair, inclusive and sustainable society.

Its charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to combat deprivation and inequalities. The Trust has awarded around 7,900 grants totalling over £390 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.

ENDS

Media enquires:

Kristina Drake| Media Officer, Public Services

City of London Corporation

Kristina.Drake@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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