ABC managing director Mark Scott has announced that ABC will appeal its audience to make donations to the earthquake hit Nepal through its broadcasts and programs .
Beginning now and with the main appeal day on Friday, through broadcasts and programs across the ABC, we will be sending out this message to our audiences: “Donate to Oxfam.org.au or your preferred overseas aid agency or go to abc.net.au/appeals for a comprehensive list of accredited Australian based agencies working on relief in Nepal.”
“Only now are we learning of the appalling devastation from this week’s massive earthquake in Nepal. More than half of all districts suffered serious damage; thousands of people have been killed and tens of thousands injured. Nepal is home to six million people, many living in poverty. Funds are needed for immediate relief, rescue and response, plus the longer term recovery of infrastructure; schools, hospitals and housing,” Mark Scott said.
“I’m pleased to announce Oxfam has accepted a proposal to partner with the ABC to raise funds. As with the recent relief effort in Vanuatu and Pacific region, the ABC plays an important role in raising awareness and galvanising community support. It is important that we move quickly; Friday has been designated as an appeal day at the ABC for Nepal,” Mark Scott added.
Oxfam is partnering with UN agencies to deliver urgent aid. The funds raised by the ABC Oxfam Nepal Earthquake Appeal will be used to assist 350,000 people in initial weeks – proving clean water, toilets, emergency shelter, water trucks and tanks, tarps, hygiene kits (appropriate to Nepal) water pumps, pipes, wells, cash for work and cash vouchers. This is vital support for families to rebuild livelihoods.