Singapore Red Cross pledges $100,000 for Sri Lanka and appeals for funds

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SINGAPORE – The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has pledged $100,000 for medical supplies and other basic necessities for vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka as the island nation faces its worst economic crisis.

The RSC has also launched a public fundraising appeal to gather donations to support these communities with medicines and medical equipment.

This follows reports that Sri Lanka’s health system is on the verge of collapse, with supplies of life-saving drugs running out while some procedures and tests have been put on hold.

Lack of foreign currency has prevented President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government from importing essentials, including medicine and fuel, causing massive power cuts and bringing thousands of protesters to the streets demanding his ouster.

Mr. Benjamin William, Secretary General and Managing Director of the RSC, said: “The escalating humanitarian crisis, caused by economic collapse and growing civil unrest, puts the well-being of all communities in the world at risk. Sri Lanka, especially those already vulnerable. ”

He said it had become a major challenge for Sri Lankans to access basic necessities such as food, medicine, fuel and electricity, noting that even at major medical facilities, patients had to bear the pain due to the unavailability of basic drugs. such as morphine and anesthetics.

“We call on the people of Singapore to support our fundraising appeal, with the aim of providing much needed relief assistance to individuals and families in Sri Lanka,” Mr. William said.

Those interested in donating can do so here.

For donations by cheque, make check payable to “Singapore Red Cross Society” and mail to Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486. Write your name, mailing address and “Sri Lanka Humanitarian Crisis” on the back of your check.

Donations can also be made via PayNow: UEN S86CC0370EBLD. Indicate “Humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka” under Bill reference.

The CBC appeal closes July 31.

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