BURBANK, CA (May 30, 2006) – In coordination with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Islamic Relief is shipping over 200,000 pounds of urgently needed supplies, valued at over $1.6 million, to assist victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Indonesia.
The 747 cargo plane departing from Salt Lake City will include essential items such as hygiene kits, first aid supplies, medical and surgical supplies, tarps, wheel chairs, crutches, and many other items. The supplies for the shipment were gathered based on needed items requested by the government of Indonesia.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has supplied all items for the shipment. Islamic Relief staff on the ground in Indonesia will distribute the goods in the affected areas. Islamic Relief is also covering the majority of the shipment costs.
A press conference to announce the shipment will be held at Salt Lake City International airport at 12 pm on Tuesday, May 30.
The powerful earthquake that hit the island of Java on Saturday has killed over 5,100 people and has left hundreds of thousands of others injured and homeless.
Islamic Relief has already allocated over $928,000 for initial emergency projects and is appealing for a further $3.7 million for the victims of the disaster.
Islamic Relief has already began distributing blankets, clean water, food, and hygiene kits and is coordinating efforts with domestic and international agencies in the area.
In December 2004, Indonesia was hit by a devastating tsunami that claimed over 170,000 lives and left more than 500,000 people homeless.
Islamic Relief’s post-tsunami activities have benefited about 150,000 people in Indonesia thus far. For its tsunami relief efforts, Islamic Relief has collected over $29 million of aid in the form of cash, pledges and in-kind donations.
Emergency Aid Shipment for Indonesia Earthquake Victims
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Salt Lake City International Airport
UPS Air Cargo Terminal
1580 North 3815 West
Salt Lake City, Utah
(Take I-215 northbound to 2200 North exit. Follow road around to UPS air
cargo facility. Expect security checks.)