By Allison Watkinson
The UK-based licensing industry charity The Light Fund is donating 5,000 Euros to the DEC Turkey Syria Earthquake Appeal.
The Light Fund is a UK-based charity run by members of the licensing industry.
The Disaster Emergency Committee appeal was set up following Monday’s earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, where over 21,000 people are now known to have tragically died.
“We have been hugely shocked and saddened by the impact of the earthquakes in Turkey and the devastation that they have left behind,” said The Light Fund member, Anne Bradford.
“Like so many people across our industry, whether in manufacturing or retail, we have all worked with Turkey for many years now and our thoughts and prayers are not only with our colleagues and their families, but to all people affected in Turkey and Syria,” Bradword added.
“The Light Fund hopes that this gesture will go some way to help those in need at this heartbreaking time.”
The earthquake with its epicentre in southern Turkey is already considered one of the greatest disasters in modern times, as the death toll soared to more than 36,000 people, with rescuers warning that number will at least double. Also, because much of the destruction occurred in an area of Syria wracked by civil war, the true numbers may never be known. According to CNN on Feb. 13, the death toll in Syria stook at 4,574, but the real numbers are almost certainly much higher.
The UN and several countries have sent aid to both countries, although aid to Syria has been delayed due to the war and roads that were destroyed by the quake.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched immediate cash assistance from its Disaster Response Emergency Fund to help relief efforts in both countries. In addition to The Light Fund, individuals and companies can help the relief effort in Turkey by donating to the IFRC through THIS LINK, or to the relief efforts in Syria at THIS LINK.