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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudis streamed into a stadium to load bundles of clothes into trucks and stuff glass boxes with cash Thursday as the government launched a public campaign to help southeast Asian tsunami victims.
The stadium was the heart of a live national telethon that raised $67.4 million in 11 hours, of which King Fahd donated $5.3 million and Crown Prince Abdullah donated $1.3 million, according to Saudi television.
During the broadcast, which was to last 12 hours, state TV alternated scenes of Saudis coming to the stadium to make their donations in person and images from the destruction and suffering in the stricken areas. A number was flashed across the screen for pledges by telephone.
Diamond and gold jewelry, as well as clothes, tents, blankets and even a schoolboy's daily $1.30 allowance, were among the donations. Individual contributions ranged from $1 to $133,000.
A day earlier, the official Saudi Press Agency reported the government was raising its initial tsunami aid pledge of $10 million to $30 million "in view of the recent assessments of the magnitude of the tragedy."
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[edit on 1-6-2005 by worldwatcher]
In an emergency meeting today Muslim Aid allocated a further sum of £1,000,000 for relief aid in the tsunami devastated countries of Asia. This is in addition to the £100,000 already distributed by Muslim Aid volunteers and partner NGO’s in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.
Muslim Aid has established a field hospital in Aceh and dispatched groups of volunteers from neighbouring Malaysia who are now delivering relief and medical assistance in Aceh. Asian Resource Foundation based in Bangkok, a Muslim Aid partner NGO is delivering relief and assistance in Pukhet, Phi Phi and more importantly Ranoog near the Burma border. Our field officer Mrs Nung, who is currently in Ranoog, informed us yesterday that despite being seriously affected Ranoog has so far received no media attention simply because it is not a holiday destination.
Two Dubai-based firms extend 11 tons of aid to Sri Lankan displaced childrenþ
þ DUBAI, Jan 2 (KUNA) -- The Dubai Humanitarian City and the International þ
þAssociation for Human Values, both based in Dubai, had airlifted 11 tons of þ
þaid and relief materials to the victims the tsunami tidal waves that hit the þ
þIndian Ocean shores of several southeastern countries taking tens of thousands þ
þof lives last week.þ