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Gloucestershire people urged to help victims of Asia quake disaster
Sri Lanka
The island of Sri Lanka before the Tsunami
Last updated: 01 February 2005 0836 GMT
line Following the disaster, fund-raisers in Gloucestershire are hard at work. Plus eye witness accounts and your messages...
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The massive sea surge in Asia has been described by relief experts as one of the worst natural disasters in recent history.

With a magnitude of 9.0, the undersea quake has killed over 100,000 people, from Malaysia in the east to the African coast in the west.

Millions are now at risk from hunger and disease as the relief operation gathers momentum. Here in Gloucestershire, aid agencies and organisations are helping the survivors of this natural disaster.

Map of the area
The areas affected by the earthquake

See also: Eye witness accounts
See also: Family find body after tsunami
See also: SARAID in Sri Lanka
See also: How to help the relief effort
See also: Your messages

Eye witness accounts

Victoria Temple
Andy Dunn and Victoria Temple return from Sri Lanka - picture courtesy of The Citizen, Gloucester

Victoria Temple (pictured right), from Stroud in Gloucestershire, was on holiday in Sri Lanka with her partner Andy Dunn when the Tsunami struck the island. They were staying in tiny fishing village called Mirissa, in a guest house that was just 50 metres from the seafront. Here's her eye witness report of what happened:

Start quote I was lying in bed when it happened and, really, that was what saved us because, if we'd got up earlier, we'd have gone down to the beach. The fact that we were staying in bed meant that we were back from the beach when the actual wave hit - our guest house was not on the sea front.

quoteThe first thing we saw was that the hotel directly in front of us had gone.
quote
Victoria Temple

The first thing we saw was that the hotel directly in front of us had gone. I looked down the beach and what had once been a row of lovely little restaurants and hotels was just a mess of rubble and glass and mud. There were people standing around dazed.

We just thought we'd stay put until people came to help then we listened to the radio and realised that wasn't going to happen and we realised we had to leave, which we managed to do.

I feel very lucky and I do feel quite guilty that we left but I also think, in a way, that that was the best thing to do. The last thing the people there, the local people, need to do is be looking after tourists. They've got a hard enough time now. End quote

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See also: Family find body after tsunami

Another local witness

Another local witness to the disaster was Stuart Gardner from Linden in Gloucester. The 25-year-old returned home on Tuesday (4th January) after experiencing at first hand the terrifying force of the Tsunami while he was in Phuket in Thailand.

In this exclusive interview Stuart doubts he'd have made it out alive were it not for one of his friends who he was travelling with.

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Relief operation

Buddhists in Gloucestershire are spearheading a drive to get medical supplies to Sri Lanka. Items such as masks, rubber gloves, syringes and bandages, are being sought by the International Buddhist Relief Organisation.

Their UN spokesperson, Padmini Nissanga, who lives in Cinderford (Gloucestershire) is co-ordinating the British effort. She will be taking aid to Galle in Sri Lanka where she's in touch with doctors, some from her own family, who are already working round the clock with survivors. She said:

Start quote I've got two Doctors in my family [in Galle]. Though they are helping, they are also telling me that it's like something you have never ever seen. They are trying to come to terms with it while helping in every way they can. End quote

See also: Desperation in Galle

SARAID gears up for action

Gloucestershire based search and rescue group SARAID are in Sri Lanka to provide support and assistance to the survivors of the tsunami disaster.

See also: Rescue team supplies fresh water
See also: SARAID in action

Local man's orphanage plans

A Sri Lankan man who's spent the last 17 years living in Gloucester is appealing for help to set up an orphanage in his home country.

Fred Ramsey is hoping to provide a home for 25 children who lost their parents in the tsunami. He flies out to Sri Lanka on January 24.

For the next few months he'll concentrate on building the orphanage, after which he's hoping that people from Gloucestershire will be able to go out and assist.

You can contact him on (00 94) 112 930536 or (00 94) 112 930521 after 24th January.

How to help

There are a number of ways you can help the survivors of the Asia quake disaster:

There are several ways to donate to the official Tsunami Disaster Fund.

Either call 0870 606 0900, or visit and their website, where you can donate online. Visit www.dec.org.uk for more information.

By text. Text the word "DONATE" to 83321
and £1.50 will be donated to the Appeal. All money donated to DEC with no charges or VAT applied.

Or you can send donations by post to:
DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal
P O Box 999
London EC3A 3AA

Cash or cheques (made payable to Post Office Ltd) can also be donated over the counter at Post Office branches.

Other bodies raising money include Muslim groups Muslim Aid (020 7377 4200) and Islamic Relief (0121 622 0622).

Sri Lankan organisations including Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK (asia-quakerelief@europe.com) are also raising money.

Ways to donate locally

Tewkesbury Abbey has opened its doors to the people of Tewkesbury who want to make a donation. Volunteers at the Abbey will be on duty from 10am to 4pm each day to receive donations which will be passed on to the Tsunami Disaster Fund. For more details call the Abbey on 01684 850959.

Local Gloucester newspaper The Citizen has joined forces with international children's charity Unicef and are appealing to readers to dig deep. Details of how to donate are available from The Citizen website.

The Lions Club of Cheltenham is in direct contact with the Lions Club of Sri Lanka. You can send them a cheque and all money raised will be spent on aid in Sri Lanka. Contact Des Cresswell on 01242 513987 for more information on how to send cheques to the Lions club.

The Huntley branch of the Rotary Club are sending out medical aid, clean water and long term tents to all effected areas. They would welcome cheques of any amount and guarantee that all money raised will be spent on supplies. Cheques can be sent to the CSV Action Desk at BBC Radio Gloucestershire, London Road, Gloucester, GL1 1SW. Cheques should be made out to Rotary District 11 Charity Account. Please mark envelopes Rotary Appeal.

Cheltenham Borough Council is also raising funds to aid the victims of the earthquake. There is a collecting tin at the main reception of the Municipal Offices on the Promenade and is labelled DEC for the Disasters Emergency Committee.

All Oxfam shops in the county are accepting donations, here are the details for each one:

  • Stroud - 01453 750 471
  • Gloucester - 01452 417870
  • Cheltenham - 01242 526849
  • Tewkesbury - 01684 296751
  • Dursley - 01453 548219
  • Cirencester - 01285 658726

The Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will also be out all over the county collecting funds on behalf of the Unicef Children of Asia Appeal.

Horizon Telecom in Cirencester (01285 649606) is accepting donations of the following:

Tents, Tin Food, Tin Baby Food, Baby Powdered Milk, Baby Clothes, Blankets, Duvets, Sleeping Bags, First Aid Kits, Bandages, Baby Bottles, Sterilisation Tablets, Water Purification Tablets, Hand Tools.

Details of the collection are available on their website.

They are also in desperate need of flat pack boxes as they are using about 1000 a day. Their address is:

Horizon Telecom
Longwood Court
Love Lane
Cirencester
Glos
GL7 1YG

Also, if you would like to Volunteer to help pack boxes at Wroughton Airfield please can you ring Justin on 07862 222349.

Cheltenham Borough Council is collecting funds to aid the victims of the earthquake. There is a collecting tin at the main reception of the Municipal Offices and is be labelled DEC - Disasters Emergency Committee.

Archway School, Stroud is being used as a depot for the next two weeks (from 7th January). Baby food, tins, bottled water, clothing and tents are being boxed up and will be delivered to Wroughton air base in Wiltshire.

If you are thinking of donating money to help the survivors of the tsunami disaster, make sure you check that the person you're giving money to is a legitimate collector for the appeal.

Let us know if you are organising an event to raise funds for the Tsunami Disaster Fund. Here are a few that we know about all ready:

Dursley Male Voice Choir, with soloist Kevin Robbins, will be performing a concert in Lister Hall, Dursley, on Saturday 5th February to help raise money. The concert begins at 7.30 p.m. Ticket are £10, and all proceeds from the concert will go to the fund. More info from www.dursleymalechoir.org.uk

A group of cheltenham musicians are staging a local LIVE AID for Tsunami relief at Cheltenham Town Hall on Tuesday 8th February. Performars include Elvis, Vintage Strings Gypsy Jazz, Fewd, Eds n Marco (the best human beat boxes you've ever seen) The Love Thieves (acoustic duo), Anon (The Smiths style original music), Two female acoustic acts Heli and Kini, both with beautiful voices and amazing choices of songs. Plus Full Frontal a comedy musical duo and various other acoustic performers. (£10/£7 concessions) available at the Town Hall box office.
Charity Event in aid of the Oxfam Tsunami Fund. Sunday 13th February, 1pm 'til closing time, at The Cotswold Inn Cheltenham. Confirmed Music Acts: The Toxic Twins Sons of the Delta, Mike McQuillan, Steve Kent, The Scooby Doos, Colin Hartley, Ben Lee, Trever Yeo, Gordon Wood, The Dust Bunnies. During the afternoon session RUSTY LATRINE will be entertaining the crowds between bands with her lively musical act. During the evening session poet Peter Wyton will be reading selected poetry. Food and Refreshments will be available all day. Sadly no children after 6pm.

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amelia
i love this web site

rosemary
need a collection point for Asian earthquake goods etc. [The Disasters Emergency Committee is asking for money, not gifts. See www.dec.org.uk for more details - The Webmasters]

Gemma
I was at the charity gig at the Cotswold Inn on Sunday, 13th February. One of the acts (Trevor Yeo) is actually my partner. All the acts were wonderful, but obviously the highlight for me was watching Trevor in action... also when he was invited to play with The Toxic Twins - an honour indeed!

Paul Wood MBII
Shire Way Community centre & Midway Social Club, Yate, Bristol has arranged a free rock & roll evening in aid of the tsunami appeal (donations on the door) Starring last chance and guest artists. Fri 4th feb 8pm start. this is the culmination of severel fund raising events from raffles to Imported japanese car show.

rachel
i think its sad but my school made £250 to send off

Rev C Edmonds
Coffee Morning Westbury on Severn Vicarage To raise funds for Tsunami victims in India. Saturday 22nd Jan 05 10am-12noon

lou parkinson
we had a coffee morning and cake sale yesterday. I couldn't believe the generosity of people (it was a £1 entry fee but people were putting in notes!) we raised coming up to £500 in total!

Michael Gray
The depo at Horizon Telecom has now become a very buzy collection point for the Tsunami Appeal. Because we recieve many telephone calls asking the same questions we have now put all the information on our web site which will be updated daily. (www.horizontelecom.co.uk)

emma vaughan
I would just like to say that i am so proud of how everybody has been generous. My auntie was in Sri Lanka at the time and i am so glad she is o.k.I know lots of pople have suffered and i am willing to help in any way because if i had lost my auntie i don't know what i would have done so i want to help those who have lost family members to try and help even if it's just in a small way. And as for the man who e-mailed families using the sky news website i hope you are ashamed of yourself what these families are going through is enough to deal with without people like you making it 10x worse just think what it would have been like for you in this situation!!

ATIF REHMAN BABARY
WE ARE GIVING AID

Chris brine
Where ever we go we see collection boxes, if we were all to just place our small change into the collection boxes after every purchase the money that will be raised will be incredible and we would hardly notice it. but over a period of time each and every one of us would have helped to save lives, So please every time you buy your shopping ,petrol newspapers throw in your change and make a difference

Theresa Thomson
Where can we donate things like those mentioned on the local news tonight? Eg saucepans, shovels, kitchen utensils, baby clothes, etc etc? Is there a collection point? (For current details of the most effective ways to help, please refer to 'How to help' on this page - Ed.)

WvN
In this time of need for millions of people we need to bring them the message of hope from our light Jesus Christ. I pray that we find wisdom in this time of need to know who to help and how to help. We need to find peace in our hearts.

NDM
TAKE A LOOK - at the clothes you're wearing, at the clothes in your cupboard, at all your christmas presents you received this year whilst this disaster was taking place. IMAGINE - your whole family, your best mates, your home, all the food in your home, your neighbourhood and all the people in your neighbourhood. now imagine that gone.

FP
There was an article on local news re shirts and blankets needed. I can find no reference to this anywhere but would be happy to arrange a collection point if there are points of contact for delivery to airports etc.

Barbara McGaugie
So many people need our help. Think twice about how much money you could donate to help the living in those devastated countries. Yes we will be ringing in the New Year tonight but take a minutes silence to think and pray about the living and the dead

JF
Watching the horrific pictures on television of the death and the carnage in Asia, caused by this quake, has really brought it home to me about how lucky we are in Britain. We should do everything in our power to help the victims of this terrible disaster.



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