BURBANK, CA (May 31, 2006) – #1 rated Los Angeles-based news/talk radio station, KFI AM 640, is joining hands with the international relief and development organization, Islamic Relief, to raise urgently needed funds for victims of the devastating earthquake in Java, Indonesia.
“KFI is pleased to join with Islamic Relief’s efforts to raise money on behalf of the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia,” said KFI’s Program Director, Robin Bertolucci.
KFI is encouraging its listeners to give whatever they can to help the earthquake victims. “With over 5,000 killed and hundreds of thousands of others injured and homeless, KFI is urging its huge listener base to reach out to those in need and donate to Islamic Relief,” said Bertolucci.
Islamic Relief’s Media and Public Relations Representative, Mostafa Mahboob, said “Islamic Relief is thrilled to be partnering with KFI on such an important cause. The people of Indonesia are in desperate need of any assistance they can get. Anything we donate will go a long way in easing their suffering.”
In its efforts to raise funds, KFI has dedicated prime airtime in all day parts and is carrying a prominent web display on its website, kfiam640.com.
Mahboob added: “We urge others to follow KFI’s example of taking the extra step to raise awareness about such an important cause and help those in need. We look forward to other similar partnerships that can make a lasting impact.”
In response to the powerful earthquake that hit the island of Java on Saturday, 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.
In partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Islamic Relief also sent a 747 cargo plane on Tuesday, carrying emergency medical and hygiene supplies valued at over $1.6 million. Islamic Relief has already began distributing blankets, clean water, food, and hygiene kits.
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.
NOTE: Please include the information below for your audience to make donations:
Islamic Relief – www.irw.org – (888) 479-4968
PO Box 6098, Burbank, CA 91510