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    [News] S'porean woman donated S$100K hard cash to Red Cross for Myanmar victims

    Mystery donor wants anonymity
    Se handed over a wad of $50,000 tied together with a rubber band. Even as Red Cross volunteers were thanking her, she took out another wad and said: 'Here's another $50,000.'>>




    A tsunami or a cyclone can strike suddenly. Compassion can take a while to build up.

    This seems to be the case in Singapore as donations for the Cyclone Nargis disaster which struck Myanmar on May 3 appear to be gathering force slowly.

    At 6pm yesterday, $906,000 had been raised here for the disaster which killed an estimated 100,000 people.

    In contrast, the Singapore Red Cross alone received $1 million in donations within two days of the 2004 tsunami disaster.

    Amid this apparent slowness, one Singaporean woman's spontaneous generosity stood out.

    She turned up at Red Cross House in Penang Lane just before noon yesterday and donated $100,000 in cash.

    The woman, who appeared to be in her 40s, asked how she could help the Myanmar victims. Then, from her handbag, she handed over a wad of $1,000 notes, totalling $50,000, which was tied together with a rubber band.

    Even as Red Cross volunteers were thanking her, she took out another wad and said: 'Here's another $50,000.'

    She told volunteers she wished to remain anonymous and did not need a receipt.

    She told The Sunday Times in Mandarin: 'I felt so much pity for the victims of the cyclone. Whenever a disaster happens, I will do my part and make a donation.'

    She had her 10-year-old son with her to 'show him how donations are made'.

    Her contribution equalled the $100,000 cheque which Creative Technology boss Sim Wong Hoo wrote to the Red Cross last week. The Red Cross has now collected about $450,000.

    The May 3 disaster is the worst to hit South-east Asia since the 2004 tsunami which killed over 220,000 people.

    Apart from the death toll, more than one million Myanmar people have been left homeless and disease may spread if relief operations are not quickly mounted.

    Asked about the slow public response, Singapore Red Cross spokesman Carol Teo noted that the tsunami was seen to be of a greater magnitude as more countries were affected.

    'Also, during the tsunami, foreign aid was able to go in quickly. Now, there's a little bit of difficulty,' she said.

    'People might hold back contributions because they're not sure if the aid is going directly to the survivors.'

    Indeed, the situation in Singapore is not unique. In the first week of the 2004 tsunami, pledges of international aid amounted to US$2billion.

    In the same period for the Myanmar cyclone, it has amounted to just US$50 million (S$68 million).

    Ms Teo said the Singapore Red Cross will ensure that relief aid 'will get to the right people' because it will send aid only if liaison officers from Singapore are allowed in to work with the Myanmar Red Cross.

    A Sunday Times check with 100 Singaporeans found most saying that the impact of the Myanmar cyclone has not been as overwhelming as the tsunami. Fourteen had not even heard about the cyclone, let alone the fund-raising efforts.

    Operations manager Janeky Jayaprakas, 45, said: 'If they make it convenient, like during the tsunami when there were collection booths, I'm sure more Singaporeans would make donations.'

    Still, the response is acquiring a momentum. Besides the Red Cross, the Salvation Army has raised $60,000 while Mercy Relief has received $153,000. World Vision has received $70,000. Almost $83,000 was collected from donation boxes placed at mosques during last Friday's prayers.

    The 100,000-strong Myanmar community here is also collecting cash and clothes. The Overseas Burmese Patriots has raised $90,000.

    Individual Singaporeans, like coffee-seller Helen Choy, 48, have been doing their part. She took the $400 she collected from her colleagues to the Red Cross yesterday.

    But some, like administrative executive Linda Ng, 33, are still holding back because of Myanmar's reluctance to let in foreign aid workers. She said: 'If they let them in, I'll donate.'

    Meanwhile, international relief assistance continued to arrive in Myanmar yesterday even as aid experts remained doubtful about the junta's ability to distribute the aid fast enough to those in need.

    The junta ignored widespread calls and went ahead with a referendum yesterday on a new Constitution that critics say is aimed at giving the generals even broader powers.

    Source: http://www.asiaone.com/News/The%2BSt...511-64447.html

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    the Junta will be happy


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    there are better ways to show off
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplyadvanced View Post
    there are better ways to show off
    the lady didn't show off mah. Its the media that reported it. she chose to remain anonymous
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplyadvanced View Post
    there are better ways to show off
    seriously, get a life

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplyadvanced View Post
    there are better ways to show off
    give me a 100k. i let the whole world know


    that u are a sucker lol
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    if she has so much to spare for overseas victims ... y not look at our own country 1st?

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    Nah, our own country doesn't need the money. Seriously. Our ministers make so much, our coffers do runneth over, and our people, tho being screwed up the behind as we speak, are not as in need.

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    In the end where the money will be landed. The govt. that is. Stupid sucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buaya View Post
    the Junta will be happy
    very very happy

    pity those victims
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    Ah long also do charities man.
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    you never know whether the full amount of money will reach the victims

    government for the win

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsale View Post

    She told The Sunday Times in Mandarin: 'I felt so much pity for the victims of the cyclone. Whenever a disaster happens, I will do my part and make a donation.'

    She had her 10-year-old son with her to 'show him how donations are made'.

    tell me she is NOT trying to show off again?

    she was clearly willing to be made an example of ya know.


    donations 101
    boy arh, you see arh, if u really wanna feel like a hero and get everyone's attention arh,

    you walk up with big big big bundle of money, then you wave around, let everyone stare.

    but arh, only show them half so you can prolong the show. you prepare the other half first, hide abit.

    then when ppl eye big big arh, you take out even bigger amount. learn from ang moh dropping atom bomb in japan like that.. that one also for good cause. damn sucess ah!

    you see now i take out my hidden cash, everyone eye big big but also mouth big big. sure can go on news one! i even tip them off so they can coincidence reporter appear at the same time! like that can get interview arh! now we are hero liao!

    you see people may think i wanna show off arh, so tell news i want to keep my identity hidden.. but arh, everyone here know, sure spread damn fast! like that even more hero!
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    lol... really sounds like a scenario taken out from some Robin (Jie Fu Ji Ping) story... Think the boy watch too much Robin Hood le

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyouta View Post
    if she has so much to spare for overseas victims ... y not look at our own country 1st?
    what she has done is admirable. how do you know she hasn't done anything for locals?

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