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Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami Appeal 2018

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Sulawesi on Friday 28 September, triggering a powerful tsunami wave. More than 800 people are confirmed dead and the toll is rising. Thousands more need urgent help. 

Indonesian Red Cross teams have been on the scene since the first earthquake hit, with search-and-rescue teams, ambulances and first aid crews. Emergency medical, water and sanitation teams are on their way from other parts of the country.

Your support today will make a huge difference in the long recovery process

Funds raised will assist Red Cross to provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by the Indonesian earthquakes and tsunami. That support may include:

  • emergency relief and recovery assistance such as food, water, sanitation, shelter and health initiatives including blood
  • sending specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessment, relief, recovery and disaster and crisis management operations
  • working in affected areas to strengthen local resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services.

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About The Appeal

The full extent of the damage is yet unknown. Bodies are still being recovered and search-and-rescue efforts are continuing. Thousands of people have lost homes.

The challenge in the coming days will be to get emergency medical care to people who are injured or sick, ensure that people have a safe place to sleep, that disease does not spread and that children and other highly vulnerable people are safe and cared for.

Our Indonesian Red Cross colleagues are working with public authorities to support the response. They are providing first aid and medical transport to survivors, distributing tarpaulins and sleeping mats for shelter, and conducting assessments. Medical, surgical and sanitation teams are on their way to the affected area. Australian Red Cross stands ready to assist with funds and specialist aid workers as needed.

Donations can be made right now by:

  • visiting www.redcross.org.au/earthquake to make a secure donation online 
  • calling 1800-RED-CROSS (733 276) to make a donation via credit card
  • texting HELP to 0475 444 555
  • sending a cheque or money order, noting that it’s for Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami Appeal, to: Australian Red Cross, Supporter Services Centre, GPO Box 2957, Melbourne, VIC, 3001

All donations to the Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami 2018 Appeal over $2 are tax deductible

Funds raised by the Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami Appeal 2018 will assist Red Cross to provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by the Indonesian earthquakes and tsunami. That support may include:

  • emergency relief and recovery assistance such as food, water, sanitation, shelter and health initiatives including blood
  • sending specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessment, relief, recovery and disaster and crisis management operations
  • working in affected areas to strengthen local resilience and deliver effective relief and recovery services.

Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency and other support needs of people in affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross’ control, Red Cross will direct excess funds to responding to international crises and building resilience.

All donations to the Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami 2018 Appeal over $2 are tax deductible.

Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of money raised by the Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami Appeal 2018 Appeal to cover indirect administrative and appeal costs such as receipting donations, IT costs and overheads. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.

Thank you for your kind offer to volunteer. Australian Red Cross does not send volunteers overseas during a disaster or emergency response.

The work on the ground is being done by trained Red Cross Red Crescent  staff and volunteers from the affected country. If requested, we may provide additional support from specialist aid workers who have experience working in international emergencies and with Red Cross.

If you’d like to volunteer with Red Cross in Australia, please visit redcross.org.au/volunteering.

We really appreciate the generosity but we’re unable to accept or distribute donated goods. Our experience with emergencies shows that donations of money, where possible, help affected communities recover sooner. This is because people can make their own choices – including purchasing the goods they need for their own families.

If you have collected goods already, we’d gratefully accept donations of clothing at our retail stores, to on-sell and raise funds to support our work. Visit redcross.org.au/stores to find out more.