Donating to Tsunami: how to double your contribution

Like many others, I had been trying to figure out how to ensure that any money I donate for Tsunami goes to a good organization, with a low overhead. My brother who works for GE, told me how their company is doing matching contributions. Moreover, they have identified several worthy organizations doing relief work on the ground, and are directly giving the money to these organizations.

I ended up making my contribution through my brother. If you are thinking of making a contribution, then look for a friend/relative at a company doing matching contributions. Its an easy way to double your contribution.

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    The tsunami has devastated Sri Lanka – also affected are Sri Lankans with disabilities.

    Ten of thousands of Sri Lankans have died and thousands more will die through disease – Sri Lanka urgently needs doctors and medicine from overseas to cope with outbreaks of typhoid, dysentery, cholera.

    The Autism Awareness Campaign Sri Lanka are not collecting money ourselves but we are working with partners all over the world to reach out to all Sri Lankans including the disability community who have been affected so badly by this deadly tsunami which struck the island on the 26th of December 2004 and has caused so much devastation.

    How you can help in London:

    Sri Lanka urgently needs:

    Tents, blankets,linen, clothing.
    Food – pre-cooked or ready to eat meal packs
    Water purification tablets – approximately 2 million
    Wheat, flour, pulses, rice.
    Drugs: paracetamol, antibiotics, dressing, suture material, disposable syringes
    Intravenous infusions – saline and dextrose.
    Portable generators.
    Disabled people will need wheelchairs.

    The Sri Lanka High Commission in London have appealed for donations of the above and donors can take these items to the Sri Lanka High Commission at 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 2LU. Those who wish to contribute may contact Mr.Y.G.Amaradasa (Administration) of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. He could be contacted on the telephone: 020 7262 6721/020 7262 1841 extension 225, Fax: 020 7262 7970 and on e-mail:

    With regard to the rapid conveyance of drugs and items such as water purification tablets and intravenous infusions, the Sri Lanka High Commission are exploring the possibility of facilitating airlifting these items through SriLankan Airlines to Colombo but please inform the Sri Lanka High Commission the full details of these drugs before and during delivery.

    You can send donations to the Rotary Club of Colombo – the Autism Awareness Campaign Sri Lanka are working in partnership with the Rotary Club, a well respected international organisation who have teams working in the diaster areas.

    The Rotary Club of Colombo Regency, plans to implement the relief effort in phases in order for it to be effective.

    The immediate need is for water and dry food items like biscuits, and canned fish, as displaced people are unable to cook meals just yet. In addition, basic medicines and clothing are also essential.

    The second phase in a few days will be to provide dry rations, milk powder etc. as hopefully by that time people would have been moved into refugee camps.

    The third phase (5 to 7 days) would be to conduct health camps to prevent/treat any outbreak in disease caused by polluted water and lack of proper sanitation etc at the refugee camps.

    In the longer term, rebuilding of life and property would take an enormous effort and would need worldwide help.

    If you wish to contribute by way of any items listed above or by cash or kind, please write into this site or phone/email

    Tharanga Gunaratne +94 777 389075,

    You can send cash contributions in the form of Cheques/Drafts/Money Orders as per the details given below:
    Beneficiary – “Rotary Club of Colombo Regency”

    Account No: 001-003771-002
    Bank Name : HSBC
    Postal Address : 24 Sir Baron Jayatilleke Mw, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka
    SWIFT Address : HSBCLKLX

    For items sent from overseas, The Rotary Club have arranged for duty waivers. Please make sure that you specify the beneficiary as the “Rotary Club of Colombo Regency”, c/o Bary Jaleel, 15 Cambridge Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.

    However, send an email The Rotary Club with your full name, contact details and your contribution amounts and modes, so that they could keep a track. You can also log onto and select the items you would like to sponsor, and pay for on line. Details of items needed and their rates will be published on this site.

    Sri Lanka desperately needs help. They say the island needs 1 billion pounds to cope with this terrible disaster. Whole communities have been wiped out. Schools and homes have been devastated and scores of little Sri Lankans have perished. Please support Sri Lanka in her hour of need.

    Ivan Corea WRC FRSA
    Autism Awareness Campaign Sri Lanka

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