Elaine Low $1M donation to Japan should NOT shame S'pore govt $0.5M donation

These 2 articles (both dated today) are somewhat interesting to note. The first article titled, "Woman donates S$1m to Japan quake victims" has a 24-year-old Singaporean woman, Ms. Elaine Low has donated S$1 million to the victims of the earthquake in Japan. The Japanese Embassy in Singapore said this is the largest donation it has received so far.

The second article, "Govt donates $500,000 to S'pore Red Cross" mentions how the Singapore Government donated $500,000 to the Singapore Red Cross Society.

Yes. I know. You too are thinking--and expecting--that the government should have donated more. Well, monetary donation is just one way to help. I'm sure the government must have been considering other ways to lend a hand.

A 24-year-old Singaporean woman has donated S$1 million to the victims of the earthquake in Japan.

The Japanese Embassy in Singapore said this is the largest donation it has received so far.

The S$1 million cheque was presented to the Japanese Ambassador at the Embassy.

Accompanying Elaine Low was her father, who heads the company she works for - PT Bayan Resources.

The company has long business ties with Japan and imports heavy equipment from the country.

The Bayan Group owns and operates one of the largest coal terminals in Indonesia.

The Low family also has friends and relatives who visit Japan often.

Ms Low said she and her family felt the earthquake in Japan was unfortunate and wanted to donate as soon as possible.

Ms Low, who is head of business development at PT Bayan Resources, said: "We wanted to make a donation during the weekend, but during that time, the Japanese Association was not in touch with the Red Cross Society yet. So we made a phone call to them after that."

The family has previously donated to crises in China and Indonesia, but said this is their largest donation yet.

Yoichi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan, said: "We have been receiving so many expressions of support from all over Singapore - the people, the government, different organisations - but this is, as a single act of support, the strongest expression...of supporting our people.

"And we were very grateful. This would be a tremendous boost of morale for all the people back in Japan who are affected by this terrible disaster."

The Japanese Ambassador said the money will be channelled to the Red Cross Society in Japan.

It will either be used to support the rescue and recovery operations or be directed to victims themselves.

The Singapore Red Cross has also received other donations for the Japan disaster.

To date, it says it has received a total of S$235,000 for its first two days of collection.

Singaporeans may make a cash, cheque or SMS donation to the Singapore Red Cross for victims of this disaster.

For walk-in donations, the Singapore Red Cross is open from 9.30am to 9pm from Mondays to Fridays, and from 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

For cheque donations, cheques should be made payable to the "Singapore Red Cross Society".

Donors may also donate via their mobile phones to 75772. For every SMS, S$50 will be donated to the "Japan Disaster" fund.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Woman donates S$1m to Japan quake victims".

The Singapore Government donated $500,000 to the Singapore Red Cross Society on Tuesday.

The money will go towards recovery efforts in Japan.

The Red Cross started accepting donations yesterday and has collected $100,000 so far.

Singaporeans can give donations via the Red Cross. Other organisations like Mercy Relief and the Singapore Soka Association are also using their own networks to help.

Another humanitarian group, World Vision Singapore, collected $70,000.

Other organisations such as California Fitness and the managing group of Japanese restaurants like Kuriya and Ichiban will also be organising fund-raising initiatives. (Read here for more information)

Technology giants such as Google and Apple have also come up with ways to donate online towards the disaster relief.

From Asiaone, "Govt donates $500,000 to S'pore Red Cross".

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