Thursday, December 30, 2004

Bangalore responds to the distress call

The Times of India

Bangalore: Stirred by the enormity of the catastrophe that struck the eastern shores on the Black Sunday, many individuals and organisations in the city have opened their hearts to contribute their mite towards the ongoing relief operations in the affected states.

Medical teams head out:

Mallya Hospital and its sister concern Vaidehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre have despatched two ambulances with a 50-member team of doctors and paramedical staff for medical relief. Employees of Mallya Hospital have contributed a day’s salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

• HOSMAT Hospital, with a team of 15 doctors and nurses, left for Velakanni on Wednesday with a load of drugs and IV fluids to provide relief to victims around the holy shrine.

On a mission:

Ramakrishna Mission has started relief work among quake-affected people at Naga-

Civic workers, prisoners contribute:

The Pourakarmikas of Bangalore City Corporation will contribute their one day’s salary towards the relief fund.

• The 900 inmates of central prison, Mysore, have come forward to forego their special feeding for four weeks and also provide their one month wages for the victims of the tsunami. They are also willing to donate blood for needy.
pattinam, Kalpakkam, Kanyakumari, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Sri Lanka. The Mission also invites donations. Call 25367878.

Youth League pitches in:

Volunteers of the National Youth League has reached Nagore, Cuddalore, Kalarikkal, Nagapattanam in Tamil Nadu and Alleppey in Kerala for relief operations. For contributions, call 23332460.

Relief for animals:

In a bid to help animals in distress, city’s animal welfare group are mobilising resources to provide relief to animals stranded in the tsunami affected areas. Call 98800 33506.

Relief collection:

Citizens Initiative for Tsunami Victims is holding a relief collection on Thursday from M.G. statue from 3.30 pm. There will be a series of collection points set up by the volunteers at St Joseph’s College, Langford Road, Environment Support Group, behind Safina Plaza, Hospital Road and a website relief/tsunami has been set up.

Fund-raising events:

Bangalore’s favourite acts Thermal-And-A-Quarter and Antaragni will perform at The St Johns amphitheatre, Koramangala, on January 4 from 8.30 pm onwards, in an effort to raise funds for relief work in tsunami-hit areas. “Both bands have put together this concert with a little help from friends. Known to be Bangalore’s popular bands, we thought an ideal way to generate funds in the time of need is through live performances,” says Bruce Lee Mani of Thermal-And-A-Quarter. Donor passes are priced at Rs 99 and any further contributions at the venue will accepted as well. Also, volunteers have also been organised to collect clothes, blankets, medicines, and anything else that Bangaloreans wish to contribute. All proceeds will be used through the Times Foundation for relief work in the affected areas. “Every little bit helps and perhaps, what is even more important, is the immediate requirement for this aid,” he adds.

Appeal for contributions:

Jatti Foundation, a charitable organisation, has appealed for contributions in cash and kind . Call 22262266/22254518.

• MASARD’s (Mass based
Association for Social Service and Rural Development)
whose staff and team are at
the disaster sites, seek public donations for their efforts.
Call 25585467.

Call to help:

Jet Airways will voluntarily fly medical and relief supplies for rescue and rehabilitation work from Chennai to Port Blair. Governmental and other recognised voluntary agencies wanting to despatch medical and relief supplies to Port Blair can get in touch with Jet Airways’ senior general manager (South India), V. Raja on 044-28587920; Fax: 044-28555109 or general manager (East India) Sudhakar Rao on 033-22292747.


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