JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Council Helps With India Earthquake Turmoil
£100,000 appeal has been launched in Coventry to help the victims
of the Indian earthquake, and a dedicated counselling service is
to offer support to people in the city who have lost relatives.
City Council has donated £10,000 to the £100,000 appeal being run
in the city by
worldwide charity SEWA (International).
council is also making moves to bring comfort to
Coventry families affected by the earthquake in the Gujarat area
families in the city have relatives living in the devastated area.
Cllr John Mutton said the donation was part of the way that the
council could help.
disaster is too horrific to imagine. The loss of life and scale
of destruction is overwhelming.
are anxious to do all we can to ease the suffering of Coventry
people affected by this tragedy. We are setting up a counselling
support service and wanted also to make a donation to the
best way for any of us to do that is to support SEWA in its
efforts to raise £100,000. I hope Coventry people will help to
realise that total.”
hotline for pledges is 024 7655 5222 and the credit card hotline
is 0800 447799. Donations can be made at any branch of HSBC
quoting number 91482521.
counselling service will be established to offer support
to Coventry people who have lost loved ones, or are still enduring
an agonising wait for news of friends and families in the
telephone lines are being installed at the council's
Interpretation and Translation Unit in the Hillfields area of
Coventry where trained social service personnel will be able to
Discussions are underway to ensure
staff specially trained to counsel children are also available.
Interpreters will also be available.
council has also responded quickly to the charity's request for
old style metal ballot boxes to be used as secure collecting
boxes, and will speed the approval of a licence to permit a street
collection in the city in aid of the fund.