Business in the Community supports DEC to raise vital funds for Turkey-Syria Earthquakes

Business in the Community Northern Ireland is supporting the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Turkey-Syria Appeal, which is raising vital funds to support the people of Turkey and Syria following a series of devastating earthquakes.

Thousands of people have been killed, with many more injured and people living in the regions have been left without shelter in freezing winter conditions. DEC charities and their local partners are responding on the ground, working with locally-led relief efforts, to provide medical treatment for the injured, shelter for those who have lost their homes, heaters for spaces and winter kits with blankets and warm clothes, and ensuring people have food and clean water.

The most urgent items needed include:

  • Medical care
  • Emergency shelter
  • Winter kits
  • Food
  • Clean water
  • Sanitation and hygiene

For as little as £10, DEC can provide people with vital items including:

  • £10 could provide blankets for two people
  • £25 could provide [emergency] food for a family for 10 days
  • £50 could provide emergency shelter for two families

Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community Northern Ireland, said:

“In times of crisis, we know our members and other businesses always step up to help, and, unfortunately, this support is needed once again. We are encouraging any who can to support the coordinated effort by the Disasters Relief Committee (DEC) to get critical supplies to the thousands of people who need them right now. As little as £10 could help buy blankets to keep people warm as they are dealing with freezing conditions, and more support will be needed in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

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