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Fri 31 Dec 2004

So many needed to know

Category : world

The tsunami has been impossible to ignore since I got the sms from Alvin in Beijing. Having spent enough time on these coasts for my otter and mangrove work, nothing was left to the imagination, and I shuddered.

A simple link to the red cross on this and my other blogs kept were getting hit with increasing frequency as people finally realised the extent of the catastrophe. So I decided I'd better compile information to better respond to that need. An hour's work?

Now Tsunami Relief page become an all consuming affair, since it started a few days ago. But it has been useful. I remember starting out with writing a cheque to the Red Cross as one of two options, and now I can simply dial 1900 - 911 1110 for $10 donation. If you keep that number on speedial, everytime you don't indulge, say by skipping a restaurant for a sandwich, dial the number!

While bloggers elsewhere have been active, informative and relevant, many of my regular haunts have been strangely quiet. However, Lekowala revived and updated his blog and to provide more search options, and Alvin put in a link to Red Cross almost immediately.

Lekowala also said he found the list I put up useful, and to continue working at it. It got him going early in the week and his mum's friends who heard, responded. Even now is in the thick of packing at the Sri Lakarayama Buddhist Temple and is sending me updates.

The bikers on wheelsareturning offered information and encouragement as well, and several of them are at various spots around the island helping out now.

So last night I thought I'd better inform people through Habitatnews and other forums, in case they might find it useful. To my surprise, more than a thousand have searched and found the site since.

I've decided to ask for help and I hope get some.

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