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Syria and Turkey Earthquake – statement from Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland

The thoughts and prayers of all Soroptimists are with all those in Syria and Turkey, especially our Soroptimist sisters, who have been affected by the two powerful earthquakes which hit both countries in the space of 12 hours. The tragedy unfolding after yesterday’s earthquakes is shocking and made worse by the winter weather.

Sadly, the number of confirmed deaths continues to rise and, with many thousands more injured or trapped beneath the rubble, it will be some time before the full scale of these devastating incidents can be assessed.

Thousands are homeless and in urgent need of support after one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in 100 years. Soroptimist Clubs are already responding however if individuals and Clubs wish to make a donation towards relief there are several charities such as Red Cross who have already opened appeals.

The Red Cross have opened an appeal. SIGBI has made a donation of £2,000. If you wish to donate please visit the Red Cross website:

The U.K. Government is match funding donations to the Disaster Emergency Committee. Follow the link if you want to donate