Singapore Red Cross to give S$35,000 to support relief efforts in cyclone-hit Vanuatu

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will contribute US$25,000 (S$35,000) to support relief efforts in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, which was hit by Cyclone Pam last Friday night.

The amount, from SRC's Disaster Response Emergency Fund, will be used to buy emergency relief items for Vanuatu. The aid comes as the nation's President Baldwin Lonsdale declared a state of emergency on Sunday and appealed to the international community for help.

Mr Lim Theam Poh, deputy secretary general (administration) of SRC, said: "Cyclone Pam has caused widespread destruction and our hearts are with the people of Vanuatu during this immense tragedy.

"We stand united with Vanuatu Red Cross and hope that our contribution will bring some relief and comfort to the people."

For those who wish to make walk-in donations:

- Cheques should be made payable to 'Singapore Red Cross Society'. Indicate 'Vanuatu Cyclone 2015', donor's name and contact details at the back, and post it to Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 236486.

- Cash donations can be made at the Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 236486, Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm.