Thursday, May 15, 2008

Donations for earthquake-stricken China

Even as the international community is still dealing with the cyclone disaster in Myanmar, it received the dreadful news about an earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, occurring in the Sichuan province of China on the 12th of May.

And just as how they had swiftly appealed for donations for cyclone-stricken Myanmar, local groups have also begun to appeal for donations for earthquake-stricken China.

Hence, what follows below are the information, which I have managed to gather from the websites of the relevant groups in Singapore, on the methods by which people can make their donations.

Note: while I have taken the utmost care to ensure that the following information is accurate, it remains only a convenient reference list. Please take a look at the linked websites to double check against any errors on my part reproducing the information.

Singapore Red Cross

i) Walk-in donations can be made at the Singapore Red Cross Society, located at 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486.

Collection hours are:

Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 5.45pm
Saturday & Sunday (10-11 May): 9.30am - 5pm

ii) If you all wish to donate by cheque, cheques should be made payable to: Singapore Red Cross Society

Please indicate behind the cheque:
1) Name, Organisation (if applicable), Mailing Address and Contact Numbers
2) For Red Cross China Earthquake Appeal

An official receipt (Donation is not tax deductible) will be issued.

Cheques should be sent to: Singapore Red Cross Society, located at 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486

iii) UOB Internet Banking

1) Login to UOB Personal Internet Banking
2) Click on "Bill Payment" on the left menu
3) Click on "Pay Bills" on the left menu
4) Click on "New Bill" on the main screen
5) Select "Red Cross China Earthquake" from the drop down menu of the payee corporations list
6) Enter telephone number as the Bill Reference Number
7) Enter the debiting account to debit donation
8) Enter the donation amount
9) Click on "Confirm" button to approve payment

iv) DBS Internet Banking

1) Log on to DBS iBanking
2) Go to "Payment Services"
3) Under "Bill Payment"
4) Select "Red Cross Myanmar Cyclone" [note: I checked and there is no mistake here; I am assuming that they haven't open up another account especially for donations for earthquake-stricken China]
5) Indicate your contact number as the Consumer Reference Number

v) DBS/POSB Fund Transfer

1) Insert your ATM card and enter PIN. Select "More Services"
2) Select "Credit Card/Bill Payment"
3) Key in "99" Other Corporation
4) Key in "99" again
5) Key in "18" for Red Cross China Earthquake
6) Indicate your contact number as the Bill Reference Number.
7) Select account type
8) Enter donation amount
9) Press "Confirm" to complete transaction

Singapore Soka Association

i) The Singapore Soka Association will be helping Mercy Relief to collect donations for earthquake victims in China.

Cash collections will be received at the Association's headquarters (located at 10 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 529014) and their Senja Soka Centre (located at 11 Senja Road, Singapore 677739) up to 18/5/08.

ii) If you all wish to donate by cheque, cheques should be made payable to “Mercy Relief Limited” and mailed to 10 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 529014.

And details such as name, contact number and mailing address should be indicated on the reverse side of the cheques. Indicate also on the reverse side of the cheques: “For China Earthquake Victims”.

Chinese Embassy in Singapore

i) The Chinese embassy in Singapore has opened up a special account especially for donations and the details are as follow:

Beneficiary's Name: Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund-Chinese Embassy
Beneficiary's Bank: Bank of China Singapore Branch
Account No.: 011-0-024188-6

ii) The embassy also receives donations in cash and cheques directly. All cheques are expected to be crossed and made payable to: Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund-Chinese Embassy.

The embassy requests that donors kindly leave their names and contact details while making contributions in whatever form

The embassy is located at 150 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247969

P.S. 16/5/2008

It was reported in today's 《早报现在》/"ZBNow" that 玖健, a local singer and musician, together with other local singers and musicians, will be soon releasing a music CD (in 2 weeks' time, I think) as a means of collecting donations for earthquake relief in China. The CD, when released, will be available at Sembawang Music stores; the cost of one such CD would be S$10, of which S$8, less S$2 for administrative purposes, would go to the Singapore Red Cross' relief fund for earthquake-stricken China.

It was also reported in the same article that Habitat for Humanity (Singapore) will be organising a promotional event at Vivo City on the 7th and 8th of June as part of a donation drive for the victims of earthquake-stricken Sichuan and snowstorm-stricken Yunnan.

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