Tuesday, January 26, 2010

AirAsia joins hands with Unicef for Haiti

23 January 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has joined hands with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in an effort to raise RM438mil (US$128mil) for children and families in earthquake-hit Haiti.

Its group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said AirAsia had established a dedicated link on its website to allow guests to contribute to the fund called Haiti Earthquake Children’s Appeal 2010.

“The AirAsia family wanted to help when we first heard about the tragedy in Haiti. When Unicef asked us to join them, we readily agreed.

"Our website receives about 20 million visitors every month and we carried an estimated 25 million guests last year,” he said in a statement here Saturday.

Guests can contribute to the fund by visiting www.airasia.com and click on the link to make donations.

Meanwhile, the Muslim communities in the United States are raising funds to help Haitians.

“The Zakat Foundation of America is another Muslim-American organisation aiding the Haitian population.

“Impoverished Haiti is a familiar territory for the Zakat Foundation,” the United States Embassy said in a statement.

It said that Muslim Americans at the local level are donating aid to Haiti through the Islamic Society of North America and other Muslim-American organisations.

Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake on Jan 12, which killed over 100,000 people.


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