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Red Cross welcomes Dalai Lama's contribution for Haiti relief

February 5, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
February 4, 2010

Dharamsala, Feb 4 -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
has made a donation of 100,000 Swiss francs to
facilitate relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The donation was made through the International Red Cross Committee in Geneva.

In a faxed letter to the Tibetan leader, Bekele
Geleta, the Secretary General of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies, has expressed "heartfelt
gratitude for the generous contribution".

"Your commitment to help our operation in Haiti
is much appreciated and your gesture of
solidarity has been communicated to the Haitian
Red Cross and to our teams based in the field," the letter said.

Geleta said: "The world has responded to this
emergency with an outpouring of concern and the
chain of solidarity in the Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement has involved many sister
National Societies who are actively supporting
the Haitian Red Cross in its efforts to deliver
live-saving assistance to the Haitian people.”

"Please accept again our sincere thanks for your
personal support to our humanitarian efforts," Geleta wrote in the letter.

A devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the
Western Hemisphere's poorest nation last month,
toppling thousands of buildings, including the
U.N. peacekeeping headquarters and government
buildings. It was a day when even the Haitian
President was temporarily left homeless after the
quake flattened the country’s landmark presidential palace.

At the time, the Dalai Lama sent a condolence
letter to President Rene Garcia expressing "deep
sympathy and heartfelt condolences" to the families of the earthquake victims.

In the letter, the 74-year old Nobel Peace
Laureate said he was "deeply saddened by the loss
of so many lives and property" as a result of the
earthquake that reportedly killed up to 200,000
Haitians and left up to 1 million homeless..

"I offer my prayers for those who have lost their
lives in this tragedy and condolences to their
families and others affected by this natural
disaster," His Holiness wrote in the letter.
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