Humanitarian appeal for Gaza

Every time I read about the Gaza Strip, I can’t help thinking about The Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman’s memoir of imprisonment in the Warsaw ghetto, smuggling weapons for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and eventual survival with the aid of a regular German Army officer. The book was also made into an Oscar-winning movie. Sadly, except for the gas chambers, the parallels between the Warsaw Ghetto and the Gaza Strip today are painfully obvious. At least for citizens of a post-colonial Asian state.

So BBC decided not to screen this appeal. Ah well.

For those in Singapore, the following organisations are collecting donations as well:

Eight groups help raise aid for Gaza
Yeo Ghim Lay
17 January 2009
EIGHT religious organisations have come together for the first time to raise funds for a cause – collecting donations for the humanitarian relief effort in Gaza.

Funds collected from the five-day drive, from Monday to Friday, will be handed to Mercy Relief, which is working with United Nations agencies in Gaza to provide aid.

The organisations said they do not have a target amount, but will collect as much as possible.

Those behind the donation drive are the Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of Singapore, Singapore Buddhist Federation, the Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, National Council of Churches of Singapore, Hindu Endowments Board, Sikh Advisory Board, Singapore Taoist Federation and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore’s (Muis) Harmony Centre.

While the organisations have raised funds individually to benefit previous humanitarian crises abroad, they decided last week to come together for the first time.

‘The United Nations has opened the door for relief work in Gaza, and it is an opportunity for us since we already have this culture of giving to others,’ said Mr Lim K. Tham, secretary of the National Council of Churches of Singapore.

The three-week-old war in Gaza between Israeli troops and Islamist militants has killed more than 1,100 Palestinians so far, according to UN figures.

Where to go

MEMBERS of the public who would like to make donations can do so at the locations listed below.

They can also send a cheque to any of the organisations. Cheques should be made payable to Mercy Relief Limited and marked ‘Humanitarian Relief Effort in Gaza‘ on the back.

Singapore Buddhist Federation

59, Lorong 24A Geylang, Singapore 398583

Hindu Endowments Board

Sri Mariamman Temple, 244, South Bridge Road, Singapore 058793

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, 397, Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123

Sri Sivan Temple, 24, Geylang East Avenue 2, Singapore 389752

Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple, 2001, Toa Payoh Lorong 8, Singapore 319259

Singapore Taoist Federation

Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple Association, 15, Arumugam Road, Singapore 409960

San Qing Gong Taoist Cultural Centre (Singapore), 21, Bedok North Avenue 4, Singapore 489948


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