Fundraiser to help quake victims

PUBLISHED: 11:17 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

A FUNDRAISING dinner has been organised to continue to help those suffering as a result of the South Asia earthquake. The disaster killed more than 80,000 people, injured thousands more and made over three million homeless. According to the UN, another d

A FUNDRAISING dinner has been organised to continue to help those suffering as a result of the South Asia earthquake.

The disaster killed more than 80,000 people, injured thousands more and made over three million homeless.

According to the UN, another disaster is waiting to happen to the homeless people currently living in inadequate shelters.

The cold Himalayan winter has already started to take its toll on the poor, the weak and the vulnerable, especially children.

Many families in Comet country have direct and indirect family links with the people in the disaster-stricken area.

Organiser Salman Lone said: "In the spirit of humanitarian help many have already given generously, but the sheer scale of the disaster demands more.

"Keeping this in view, a community earthquake fund has been set up. It has already started its first project in which 20 fully winterised shelters are being built in the village of Garhi Habibullah. Each unit can house a family of up to six individuals."

The dinner and musical evening has been organised for Hitchin Town Hall on January 29.

* For further information and tickets, contact Rashed Khan (07782195073) or Dr Sarfraz Awan (07810007531).

Donations can be made to Pakistan Earthquake Fund at HSBC Bank, sort code 40-07-04, account number 31777254.

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