Sri Lanka Sinhalese Buddhist Society is making an appeal for donations towards NEPAL EARTHQUAKE
As we have seen on TV, a horrific 7.9 earthquake has devastated the land of Prince Siddhartha’s birth. At the last count on late Monday night, the death toll stood at over 3,700. The number of deaths is expected to be much higher as there has been no news from the remoter areas and it is believed whole villages could have been destroyed. We wonder if there are Sri Lankan pilgrims trapped in Lumbini.
|More than 6,500 were injured and thousands are living in tents after their homes were destroyed. At least 200 climbers have now been rescued around Mount Everest, after the quake triggered avalanches. Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes. Thousands spent Sunday night – their second night – outside. There are shortages of water, food and electricity, while disease is also a concern. “We urge foreign countries to give us special relief materials and medical teams,” Nepal’s government Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudel said.BBC news|
The SLSBS has responded several times previously to natural disasters in Asia and Australia. As our former Mayor Olwyn Searl said one Vesak, we are a small community with a very big heart. Donations could be left with Ven. Sobhitha at the Sri Lanka Vihara,
or made via internet banking. Please make sure you indicate NEPAL QUAKE when you transfer funds. Please email slsbs.treasurer@gmail.
ACCOUNT NAME ; SRI LANKAN SINHALESE BUDDHIST SOCIETY
BSB: 016 002
ACCOUNT NO: 4988 31089
The SLSBS hopes to direct funds to the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation which did much relief work in Sri Lanka after the tsunami. Their volunteers are entirely self-funded and all donations received are used to help victims of disaster. Their overheads are covered by membership payments and not donations.