At work, we received a request from one our clients , the Indonesian independent radio news agency Kantor Berita Radio 68H, to help with their Aceh Appeal, to raise funds to provide assistance in the devastated Aceh province.

Radio News Agency 68H, Indonesia’s only independent nationwide radio news agency, whose news programs are heard by millions of Indonesians all over the country, is collecting money for the victims of the tsunami in Aceh.

Donations (in any currency), marked ACEH APPEAL, can be sent to:

Bank BCA
Bank Branch: Utan Kayu, Kantor Cabang Pembantu, Jakarta, Indonesia
Bank Account Number: 5800091090
Bank Account Name: PT Media Lintas Inti Nusantara
SWIFT Code: cenaidja

Here’s what Program Director Heru Hedrakmoto said on the 68H website about their appeal:

Once again, disaster has struck. With the earthquakes in Alor and Nabire still so fresh in our minds, we must now grieve for the victims of the disaster in Sumatera. On Sunday an earthquake shook the coast of Aceh, causing a 10 meter high tsunami. The sudden rise in the water level engulfed many seaside buildings and took over 12,000 lives not only in Indonesia but also in neighbouring countries. In Indonesia people have been reported killed in Aceh, North and West Sumatera. The highest number of deaths has occurred on the coast of Sri Lanka and India, with victims also in Thailand and Malaysia.

Given the high number of deaths and the cross border nature of the disaster, the international attention is not surprising. We are grateful for the sympathy of the international community which has been quick to respond to this terrible event. At the same time we would feel ashamed if we did not do something to help our fellow countrymen and women who have suffered such an ordeal. That is why we invite you all to send your condolences and sympathy to the victims and encourage our listeners to gather contributions for those who are clearly in great need. Once these contributions have been gathered together, we plan to send them to Aceh via the members of our radio network in the province. This can be only a modest contribution compared to the scale of the need, but with it we hope to demonstrate our solidarity with the victims of this terrible disaster and help in a small way to reduce their suffering. At a time when support for our fellow human beings is so much needed, we must not be silent. Contributions can be sent to: Bank BCA, Utan Kayu, Kantor Cabang Pembantu, account number 5800091090, account name PT Media Lintas Inti Nusantara. Listen to updates on the latest situation in Aceh through 68Hs local radio network members throughout Indonesia and, in Jakarta, on 89.2 FM.

Thank you,

Heru Hendratmoko
Program Director Radio News Agency 68H

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