BHA donates to Aceh and Nias

Thursday, April 28, 2005
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

DENPASAR: The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) this week disbursed the final portion of US$41,000 in cash donations to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Aceh and Nias island.

The final $28,000 in funds will be divided equally between three foundations currently providing direct relief in the affected areas.

These foundations are: Yayasan IDEP of Ubud, the Bali Crisis Center for Natural Disaster in Denpasar, and Jakarta International School Cares.

"We sought to contribute our funds to reliable and transparent foundations that have direction and involvement from the local community. This approach aims to ensure our funds reach priority projects to sustain victims and their community redevelopment," association chairman Robert Kelsall said.

On Dec. 27, BHA began raising funds and taking food, clothing, linen and medical donations from among its 63 member hotels and the public.

On Dec. 31, $13,000 worth of non-perishable food supplies were purchased and sent directly by ship from Jakarta to the western coastal towns of Aceh.

Seven container truckloads of donated goods were shipped courtesy of Santa Fe and Crown Relocations from Bali to Jakarta where they were loaded onto ships carrying relief aid to Aceh throughout January and February.

The last load of goods, scheduled for shipment in late March was diverted to Nias island, which was hit by 8.2 and 6.2-magnitude quakes on March 28 and April 3 respectively.

Besides hotel members', cash contributions were made by Bali Golf & Country Club, the Thailand community, PT Harum Indah Sari, Bali Villas.com, Tanjung Sari Hotel, Sonja & Bernd Horwedel, Radisson Kestrel Hotel in Australia, and DiscIndo sports club in Jakarta.

The complete details of BHA's relief funds and assistance efforts are available at www.balihotelsassociation.comJP

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