MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Habitat for Humanity and Standard Chartered Jointly Support Japan Earthquake Relief Leading international bank appeals to its staff for donation
Hong Kong, 12 April 2011 – It has been more than one month since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a ferocious tsunami devastated the northeastern coast of Japan on 11 March. According to Japan National Police Agency, more than 13,000 people were killed, more than 19,000 people were missing and injured. 25,000 homes were destroyed and 100,000 were damaged in the six most affected areas in Japan.
Access to the affected areas is gradually opening up, however bad weather and a lack of fuel are hampering emergency operations. Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is assessing the immediate and long-term needs in Japan, and liaising with government authorities and other non-governmental organizations to develop a clear response operation which could last for up to two years. At the current stage, HFH is looking for donations to support the long-term relief operations. Standard Chartered is one of the first international companies to pledge its support by mobilizing the staff around the world to make donations. In only three-week’s time, the Bank has successfully raised US$250,000 from its staff which will be matched by the Bank.
With operations in Japan for over 130 years and, in line with its brand promise Here for good, Standard Chartered will not only support through the staff donation relief, but also planning to engage staff volunteers in the months ahead to contribute to the massive reconstruction work that will benefit Japan in the medium to long term.
To encourage and facilitate public support towards the relief effort, Standard Chartered has set up an account for HFH for the public to make donation, account number: 429-0-017098-7. Join hands with HFH and Standard Chartered now to support those in need. Donations can also be made through the following ways: 1. Online Donation: www.habitatchina.org
2. Crossed Cheque: Please make your cheque payable to “Habitat for Humanity China Limited” and marked “For Japan Post Disaster Response” and send it with contact information to: 17th Floor, Sun House 181 Des Voeux Road Central Sheung Wan, Hong Kong 3. Direct Bank-in/ATM Transfer: Standard Chartered 429-0-017098-7 [HK$ donation] HSBC 502-476591-002 (HK$ donation) Please send HFH the bank-in slip with contact information. *Donations of $100 or above are tax deductible (applicable for Hong Kong donors)
HFHC is exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. (IR File No.: 91/6999) 香港上環德輔道中 181 號大新行 17 樓
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