Gift of the Givers Teams to Intervene in Indonesia

There has to be a call for international assistance from the head of state before Gift of the Givers intervenes in any natural disaster. That call came from the President of Indonesia yesterday.

Gift of the Givers search and rescue teams with highly specialised equipment, accompanied by a select number of medical personnel will depart for Indonesia tomorrow. If necessary, a larger medical contingent, also with specialised equipment, will follow a day or two later dependent on the challenges presented by the 7.5 earthquake and resultant tsunami on the island of Sulawesi that struck on Friday, 28 September.

Logistics, diplomacy, procurement of  essential supplies including water, food, fuel and medicine, transport, security and detailed updated  information is the current priority as we prepare for the departure of the teams from Gift of the Givers Logistics Centre in Bramley, Johannesburg. Information on the number killed, missing, injured, alive and trapped is difficult to come by with any certainty of accuracy given the inaccessibility of the area. Deployment of our experienced teams in the heart of the disaster will yield that information first hand.

Cash contributions to assist the victims of the disaster can be deposited into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account No. 052278611, Branch Code 057525. Please send deposit slip to sooliman@giftofthegivers.org for acknowledgement.

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