Call to donate essential items only

DUBAI — Several organisations collecting relief materials for victims affected by the Tsunami disaster in India and Sri Lanka have called upon the public to selectively donate only those items which are currently required and volunteer in the relief effort.

By Prerna Suri

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Published: Thu 1 Jan 2004, 11:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:32 AM

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), an international aid organisation registered with the Dubai Humanitarian City, say that the need at the moment is for people to volunteer in sorting out the material already collected as they face an acute shortage of manpower.

“We have received an overwhelming response from people who have donated wholeheartedly in this tragic time. So far, we have collected 150 tonnes of goods which include dry food, blankets, medicines, drinking water and tents,” said B. Prabhakar Rao, Chief Operations Officer (COO), IAHV.

“We need tremendous amount of help in terms of manpower and volunteers who can sort, label and repackage the materials would be most welcome,” he said.

The IAHV was among the first few organisations to airlift materials in Sri Lanka and India immediately after the tragedy struck.

“We airlifted our first cargo a day after the Tsunami disaster through a private charter company,” said Rao.

A shipping firm, Balaji Shipping, has offered to ferry relief materials to Columbo and Chennai free of cost.

“We will provide 25-30 containers containing relief materials which would be shipped to Sri Lanka and India soon. Where companies want to donate bulk of material, we deliver the containers to them,” said Swami, Manager of Balaji Shipping.

Contribution in the form of food, blankets, clothes and medicines are welcome but cash is not accepted.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has asked people to contribute funds through the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

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