The City of London Corporation has donated £25,000 to support individuals affected by the continuing crisis in Myanmar and is encouraging City firms and workers to back the effort.
The money will be given to the Red Cross, which is working with their partners, the Red Crescent, to provide humanitarian relief to more than 250,000 people.
Over 700,000 people were forced to flee their homes in Myanmar after violence began in August 2017.
Many are now living in makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh and rely on international aid for their most basic needs, including food, clean water and medical care.
The Myanmar Appeal is working to tackle this emergency by providing emergency support. Individuals and businesses can donate via the Red Cross website.
The donation comes from the City Corporation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which seeks to back emergency relief efforts, bringing its total
donations in the last three years to £250,000.
In the past three years, the City of London Corporation has also given £25,000 to Team Rubicon’s UK’s Hurricane Dorian disaster response appeal; £30,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Cyclone Idai Appeal; £25,000 towards the We Love Manchester Appeal, following the devastating terror attack in the city; £70,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeals; £75,000 in total to emergency appeals in Burma, South Asia, and for those affected by Hurricane Irma.
Jeremy Mayhew, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s finance committee, said: “We are calling on City firms and workers to join us in supporting this appeal.
“It is vital that individuals and families who have been forced to live in the world’s largest refugee camp receive food, clean water, and medical care as quickly as possible.
“Communities have been torn apart by this emergency and international aid is needed urgently. The time to act is now.”
The City of London Corporation gives millions of pounds to charities each year as part of its commitment to creating a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable society.
Its charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20million a year to combat deprivation and inequality.
The Trust has awarded around 8,000 grants totalling over £400m since it first began in 1995.
It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.