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09 May 2008

The Salvation Army is launching an appeal to help more than a million people believed to be left homeless by the devastating Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar on 2 May 2008. Here are some facts and figures at-a-glance:
  • The Salvation Army aims to raise S$250,000, with 100% of the funds raised given in aid of the victims of the disaster. In ensuring that the donations get to the victims, the donations will be dispensed by The Salvation Army in Myanmar.
  • This will add to the grants that The Salvation Army has already received from various Salvation Army counterparts around the world
  • Staff and volunteers will be helping to man The Salvation Army red kettle pots at selected shopping malls island-wide on 15 May 2008 (Thursday), 11am-9pm to fundraise. Donation boxes will also be placed in all Starbucks outlets.
  • Relief operations are already currently underway in Myanmar with the local Salvation Army personnel dispensing rice, other relief and provide shelter to the victims in Yangon. Both the Children’s Homes in Yangon are running generators to pump water from the artesian wells to provide clean water.
  • The Salvation Army is also putting together an assessment team to enter Myanmar to assist the local Salvation Army team with their relief operations.
  • Planning is currently underway to assist with recovery and reconstruction of the affected communities
For the Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Relief Kettle Appeal, staff and volunteers will take to the streets ringing bells and encourage passers-by to drop a donation into the kettles. As such, we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us and make a difference.

  1. Join us as a volunteer:
    Volunteers help to man the red Christmas Kettle Pots and ring the bells, to help raise funds, in aid of the victims of the disaster
    • Kettling is on Thursday (15 May 2008), 11am – 9pm
    • Each kettling shift is 2 hours (starting from every "odd" hour i.e. 11am, 1pm, 3pm etc)
    • 2 volunteers to a kettling shift
    • You may choose to sign up in pairs with your friends or family or we will assign another volunteer to partner you for the shift
    • Kettlers need to be 16 years old
    • For group volunteers, you are also welcome to adopt the pot for a day

    To sign up for the project, simply complete send the following information to us:

    a. Complete the Volunteer Application Form (MCDR).
    b. Send the form to our Volunteer Resources Manager for assignment.
    c. We shall be getting in touch with you shortly regarding your assignment.
  2. Support the victims and our volunteers by contributing to the pots
  3. Help spread the word about the Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Relief Kettle Appeal