Today [Mar.16] Premier Paula Cox announced that the Bermuda Government will match donations of up to $50,000 contributed to the Bermuda Red Cross Japan Quake/Tsunami Disaster fund.
The donations will assist Japan and its people with recovery efforts following the disastrous 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, which killed thousands of people, with the death toll expected to continue to rise. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that “in the 65 years after the end of World War II, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan.”
Premier Cox said, “No one in Bermuda can be unmoved by the tragic events that have taken place in Japan. We have seen the media reports with pictures showing a landscape of destruction; a distraught nation. The islands of Japan are a valued partner of Bermuda but more important, the people of Japan are a part of the human family. We are prepared to support them in ways that we can.”
The Red Cross is acknowledged globally for its disaster relief work, and will help in emergency response, coordination of international relief and provision for the needs of this devastated population. The Government will commit to matching public contributions to the Bermuda Red Cross of up to $50,000.
Red Cross accounts have been set up at the Bank of Butterfield Ltd. and at HSBC.
Update: Account numbers are: HSBC 010-187417-012 and Butterfield bank – 20 006 060 365472 200