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A National Day of Action: Uniting for Indonesia

Aid is urgently needed to help survivors of the devastating tsunami which has devastated communities across the island of Sulawesi. As part of our ongoing relief efforts, we’ve called a day of action across the UK this Friday 12th October and we need YOU to get involved!

Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and entire communities have been decimated and cut off from any contact for days. More than 2,000 people are confirmed dead, over 5,000 are feared missing and 200,000 survivors are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. DEC member charities and their Indonesian partners are working closely with national authorities to provide food, clean water, first aid and shelter, while helping survivors to cope with the trauma of the disaster.

As a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), along with 12 other leading humanitarian agencies, Islamic Relief and our partners in Indonesia are working closely with national authorities to help devastated communities. Our staff are distributing blankets, tarpaulins, food and drinking water to thousands people displaced by the conflict. Our local partners are helping to evacuate the dead bodies and provide medical care to those who have been injured.

As the immediate work of rescuing those who were missing comes to an end, aid efforts are now focusing on helping the hundreds of thousands of survivors who are in urgent need of food, water and shelter.

This Friday 12th October, up and down the country there’s a great buzz of activity taking place to help gather crucial funds for the Indonesia relief effort.

Some of the great events taking place include:

• Amanah Mosque – Jumaah collection
• Birmingham Central Mosque – Jumaah collection
• Jame Masjid – Jummah collection

• Bristol Quran Academy – Jummah collection

• Bank tube station – Tube collection (7am – 10 am, 4.30pm – 7.30pm)
• Enfield Mosque – Jummah collection
• Wightman Road Mosque – Jummah collection

• Cheadle Mosque: Jummah collection (2.30pm onwards)
• Islamic High School for Girls: Tuck shop (10.30am – 11am)
• Muslim Preparatory School: Clothes sale (12pm onwards)

It’s great to see young children and communities come together for such a noble cause. Manchester Islamic High School for Girls for example is donating all the day’s proceeds of their tuck shop to the DEC Appeal. It promises to be no ordinary tuck shop fare! On offer will be homemade waffles, freshly made pancakes and desserts and every single penny will go towards Islamic Relief’s work.

Over at the Manchester Muslim Prep School, pupils are turning old school threads to new pounds to help raise money for the appeal. They’re not only selling their school blazers but also paying £1 to wear their own clothes to school for the day. Another winner for non-uniform days!

Ateeq Salik, IRUK Fundraising Manager (North) has said:

“The needs on the ground now in Indonesia are huge. People are desperate for food, clean water, shelter and health care. We are delighted that people… have got behind our day of action and will help to raise funds for this important appeal.”

As well as schools, right across our local communities, several mosques are also expected to raise thousands of pounds. From Amanah mosque in Birmingham to Cheadle Mosque up in Manchester – every penny helps!

Finally, for our London-based supporters out there – don’t forget that we’ll be at Bank tube station throughout the day, as well at local mosques running collections. Please do come along and help support Indonesian families in need during their time of crisis.

Find out more about our Indonesia Tsunami appeal here.


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