12 January 2005 Sir Paul McCartney gives £1M to the
former Beatles star and wife Heather Mills announced
yesterday (12.01.05) that they had offered the massive
sum and that their contribution had already arrived with
aid agencies working to help people caught up in the
Boxing Day disaster.
Paul Mc Cartney
source close to the couple admitted: "Like most
people they were moved by the devastation. They
wanted to do their bit to help and be part of the
spokesperson for the International Rescue Committee said
they were "overwhelmed" by the offer which
will be spent on supplying clean drinking water and
medicines and deploying mobile emergency teams to help
victims in India's Aceh province - one of the areas
worst affected by the tidal wave.
62-year-old singer joins a list of high-profile stars
who have donated large sums money to the disaster
campaign. Last week it was reported that movie
director Steven Spielberg had given more than £800,000
to the relief effort, while 'Speed' actress Sandra
Bullock had offered £530,000 to the American Red Cross
and German racing driver, Michael Schumacher, had made a
massive £10 million donation.
England (AP) -- Paul McCartney and his wife Heather are
donating £1 million ($1.9 million) to help victims of
the tsunami, the ex-Beatle's publicists said Wednesday.
They are giving the money to
the International Rescue Committee UK, an aid group that
works with the New York-based IRC network, McCartney's
press office said in a statement.
The charity was
"overwhelmed by this generous gesture,"
according to the statement.
The British government has
pledged some £75 million ($140 million) in aid to
affected countries, while the British public has donated
about £100 million ($190 million) to charities helping
with the aftermath of the tsunami.
Red Cross confirms $1.9
million tsunami donation from Paul McCartney -
UPI News Service, 01/13/2005
Paul McCartney has donated $1.9
million to the International Rescue Committee's South
Asia tsunami relief effort, IRC officials announced.
George Rupp, the New York-based
organization's president, said the donation by Paul and
Heather McCartney will be a great help in the group's
campaign to provide medical treatment and distribute
food and other relief to victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami.
"It will have a major
impact on the capacity of IRC emergency teams in Aceh,
Indonesia, to deliver lifesaving assistance to tens of
thousands of people from devastated communities,"
The IRC has five teams in
Indonesia -- including specialists in health, water
supply, sanitation and child protection. IRC teams also
include experts in child trauma who are providing
counseling for children and trying to reunite families
that were separated by the disaster.
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