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A NEWS RELEASE
From Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA)

GHDA ISSUES APPEAL TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE

Winnipeg, 30 May 2006--The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is accepting donations to support relief efforts after an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit south of the city of Yogyakarta on Indonesia's island of Java on Saturday morning, May 27. Any person or congregation wishing to contribute to relief efforts can send their donations to GHDA. Please mark your cheque: GHDA - Indonesia Earthquake Appeal or go online to http://www.elcic.ca and click on the 'Donate Now" link.

Recent sources estimate the death toll from the earthquake at more than 5,400. The United Nations World Health Organization estimates that more than 20,000 were injured and 200,000 left homeless. The worst hit area is reported to be the Bantul District, south of Yogyakarta where the majority of houses were destroyed by the earthquake.

Designated funds received by GHDA will be send on to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). CLWR will respond though Action by Churches Together (ACT), a global alliance of churches and related agencies, including the Lutheran World Federation. ACT's partners in the affected areas will provide the delivery mechanisms to bring the needed relief and aid to the victims of the Indonesian earthquake.

Donations for the GHDA - Indonesian Earthquake Appeal can be made as follows:
- Online: visit http://www.elcic.ca and click on the "Donate Now" link
- By mail: GHDA at 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
- Through your congregation.

Please ensure that you mark your cheque: GHDA - Indonesian Earthquake Appeal. A tax receipt will be issued. When you donate through GHDA, 100% of your gift will be used as you designate (note: when you donate online CanadaHelps.org receives 3% of each gift to cover administrative costs).

Please keep in your prayers those who are suffering loss, those who now find themselves homeless and those who are grieving.

 
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