Sunday, May 28, 2006

MRCS, Mercy Malaysia Appeal For Donations For Indonesian Quake

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) and MERCY Malaysia are appealing for public donations to help survivors of Saturday's Yogyakarta earthquake.
For the MRCS, the public can channel their donations to the MRCS International Relief Fund, which can be made either by cheque or cash deposited into its Maybank account 5144-2210-2657.
As for MERCY Malaysia, donations can be deposited into its Maybank account 5621-7950-4126. Cheques should be made out to "MERCY Humanitarian Fund".
All donations within Malaysia are tax exempt.
In a statement Sunday, MRCS said it had sent a five-member team to join the Malaysian government's search-and-rescue team in Yogyakarta. The MRCS team will be stationed in Solo for two weeks.
Today, at 4 pm, 12 MRCS volunteers, bringing along a "Clinton Cooker" (a field stove), departed for Yogyakarta on board a Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130 aircraft, the statement said.
The MRCS headquarters in Jalan Ampang also became the coordination centre to gather information on the 150 Malaysia students resident in the affected area. All of them were later confirmed to be safe.
"The first group of 50 students have arrived at the Royal Malaysia Air Force base at Subang Airport and the rest will arrive at 9pm today," MRCS said.
Family members can contact the MRCS Operation Room at its national office in Jalan Nipah off Jalan Ampang, at the telephone numbers 03-42578726/42578122 or by fax at 03-42573537.
In a separate statement, Mercy Malaysia said it would deploy an Emergency Medical Relief mission team to Yogyakarta in Central Java, Indonesia.
The 11-member team comprising seven medical specialists and four non-medical volunteers, would leave in three batches today and tommorow, the statement said.

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