University of Bristol’s Turkish Society has announced several days of fundraising for the victims of Monday’s earthquake.
The initial earthquake, magnitude 7.8, hit Southern Turkey at 4:17 am local time on Monday and was followed by a 7.5 magnitude aftershock at 1:25 in the afternoon.
Neighbouring nations Israel, Jordan and Lebanon all felt the shocks, but it was Syria and Turkey where the quakes have done the most damage. The combined Syrian and Turkish death toll has passed 22,750 and is rising as rescue efforts continue, often in sub-zero conditions.
TurkSoc told Epigram: ‘As Turkish society this disaster hits home for us, so we want to do whatever we can to help our brothers and sisters back in our home country. It is likely this is going to be a long-term situation so as many proceeds possible is important, and urgently needed.
'Proceeds can make a big difference for affected families who have nothing right now, have lost their homes or require search and rescue efforts to rescue members of the community. Any support and effort to support the Turkey-Syria earthquake is appreciated and every little bit of it matters.'
UoB’s Turkish society’s efforts begin on Saturday when they will be bucketing in Cabot Circus.
Stationed in front of the Primark, the TurkSoc volunteers will be accepting donations (cash and card) and spreading awareness.
In a post on their Instagram story, they said they ‘appreciate everything’, be that emotional or financial support. Students looking to volunteer can join the TurkSoc WhatsApp chat using the following link: https://tr.ee/GehT4La5hJ
On Monday, TurkSoc will be hosting a baking event in the Multifaith Chaplaincy (Woodland Road) from 6-9 pm. Entry to the event costs £3, which covers the cost of ingredients with any excess funds being donated to charity. Tickets can be purchased via the Society app.
Tuesday’s fundraising will consist of a bake sale and goods collection outside Senate House.
From 10 am to 5 pm, TurkSoc volunteers will be selling baked goods, Turkish bites, and hot drinks which students are invited to contribute to.
The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Red Cross Turkey-Syria Appeal.
In addition to the bake sale, volunteers will be collecting essential goods which will then be distributed to collection points by TurkSoc members.
As with many emergency aid centers, only a specific list of goods can be accepted, so that the victims receive the aid they desperately need.
Bucketing will also take place from 10-5 across campus and in city centre. Any students hoping to get involved can do so through a spreadsheet on the society app.
Featured Image: Courtesy of UOB Turkish Society Instagram @uob.turkishsociety
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