The Tsunami Relief Fund has been established by Tamil Media Alliance to help those Tamil journalists displaced by the tsunami that devastated the Sri Lankan coastline.
Sri Lankan Tamil journalists also suffered from the tsunami. More than 20 Sri Lankan journalists have been injured and displaced due to last month’s tsunami, while two reporters are still reported missing. Some 30 journalist families had been displaced, due to the tidal terror. Officials estimated that damage caused to Tamil journalists at approximately Rs. 20 million. Nearly 25 houses of provincial journalists have been completely destroyed. 53 still cameras, 7 television cameras, 3 fax machines, 16 cassette recorders, 11 motor bicycles, 3 bicycles and 5 mobile phones were either lost or damaged during the coverage of the scenes of the disaster or while kept at home. Nearly 500 members of 45 families of provincial journalists are displaced and are staying in camps or with their friends or relatives. 15 of the injured journalists belong to the print media, while the balance are attached to the electronic media.
With an initial contribution of Rs. 10 thousand from the Alliance, we shall help in whatever way possible those who have been hurt and displaced.
We look to further our endeavors with added contributions from institutions, individuals, and donors. Whatever amount is donated will be done so with a large heart, and will be greatly appreciated.
Contributions may be given in the form of a bank draft, bank deposit, credit card, or cash.
Materials like cameras, motorbikes, fax macines, telephones and etc. would also be appreciated.
The names of the donors will be published in the SLTMA Website and News.
With this money we shall acquire medicine and materials, to help those Journalists and SLTMA members who have left orphans, and hopefully enhance their life and health.
Money will be allocated to each issue depending on the amounts the fund receives.
Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance -- A/C No: 1001801-6 Hatton National Bank, Kotahena Branch, 280 George R. De Silva Mawatha Colombo -13.
More Info: R.Barathi 0094 777 304010 S.Srikajan : 0094 777 349655 A.Niksan: 0094 777 394416
Posted January 23, 2005