Ugandans donate to Haiti disaster victims

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The high commission of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Uganda has yesterday launched the Haiti disaster appeal fund at a ceremony held in Uganda’s capital Kampala.

In his speech at the launching ceremony, the High commissioner of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Uganda, Patrick Edwards said ”Over the last two weeks, Haiti has suffered considerable destruction as a result of the earthquake, which struck on January 12, 2010. This has resulted in tremendous loss of lives. Up to 200,000 persons may have perished with approximately two million made homeless.”

Patrick Edwards said that it was therefore necessary for Ugandans and the rest of the world to come to the rescue of the suffering people of Haiti. He said that currently, Haiti is an area of unmitigated disaster.

“The people of Trinidad and Tobago, and indeed the entire Caribbean Community have joined in this massive humanitarian effort to help the people of Haiti. I also wish to invite the people of Uganda to give generously to the Haiti disaster appeal fund,” he said.

The government of Uganda and some institutions and companies in the country immediately responded by contributing towards the fund. The minister of foreign affairs said, “We are in spirit together with our brothers in Haiti in the difficult times they are going through. The government of Uganda is contributing 100,000 US dollars towards the fund.”

Several companies in the country contributed 1 million US dollars yesterday alone and more is expected in near future.

Musicians in Uganda led by one of the most popular musicians in the country, Bob Wine, have resolved to hold a collective music show in the city at the end of this month and donate all the gate collection money to the fund.

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