Thursday, 14 January 2010

Haiti Earthquake Appeal

A number of the U.K. based charities allow reclaiming money from tax if you are a tax payer. In other words, the donation is treated as tax free, so not part of your taxable income, and the tax that you have paid on that income (if you pay tax) can by claimed back by the charity.

I have been investigating, and a similar situation applies to a degree in Jersey, though not to the same extent. Any donations in the U.K. can be claimed for; in Jersey, only donations over £100.

Ed Le Quesne noted the following:

Oxfam are a charity recognised by the Comptroller of Income tax.  I pay a monthly standing order under covenant to the Jersey Oxfam group treasurer and he claims back an extra 25% each year.    Similarly with Christian Aid in Jersey..   If you pay to the local group, they can claim back tax and then send the lot off to Christian Aid in London.

I should imagine that Red Cross, Jersey group, have similarly got themselves recognised locally.   You would have to ask their local fundraiser, Sara Clews 720547.

Christian Aid have launched an appeal for Haiti.  Our local treasurer is Martin Dryden, Mont Ube House, La Blinerie, St Clement JE2  

For donations over £100 made to Christian Aid through him a lump sum donation form would add 25%.

Ed Le Quesne


Christian Aid has launched a £1m emergency appeal for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Thousands of people are already feared dead and many more are believed to be critically injured. Countless are thought to be homeless.

The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, struck 15km southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince just before 5pm local time yesterday, and was shortly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5.
Launching the appeal, Dame Anne Owers, Chair of Christian Aid, said: 'I visited Haiti in recent months with Christian Aid and was deeply concerned about the level of poverty there. It is one of the poorest places on earth.
'This latest disaster is going to cause untold suffering and hardship, particularly in communities with very little to fall back on. There is an urgent need for emergency supplies, including food, shelter and medicine.
'In the longer term, rebuilding is going to require massive international assistance. I appeal to people and to governments to give what they can.'

Nick Guttman, head of Christian Aid's humanitarian division, said today: 'The situation in Haiti is very, very serious due to the strength and shallowness of the earthquake and its proximity to the capital Port-au-Prince.

'Most of the buildings and infrastructure in Haiti are very fragile.  Many people have been killed by falling debris and there are still many more trapped under the rubble, in desperate need of assistance.

'Hundreds of offices, hotels, houses and shops have collapsed, the presidential palace lies in ruins, and many churches have also been completely destroyed.

'The Christian Aid office itself has also collapsed and three people, including Christian Aid staff, had to be rescued from the rubble. Thankfully they are safe but communications to the country are very difficult since the city is without electricity and the telephone network has broken down.

'The absolutely critical humanitarian needs now are obviously search and rescue, much of which is initially being carried out by local people and organisations, shelter, clean water and medical assistance.'
Christian Aid's Caribbean Regional Manager Judith Turbyne said the Christian Aid building was relatively robust but was still destroyed. Loss of life in poorer communities is expected to be very high.
'One of the key issues in Haiti is the weak state and the lack of resources at the state's disposal,' she said.
'There will be a national response, but it is unlikely to be sufficient.  There will be a huge need for a concerted response on behalf of the relatively large aid community in Haiti.'
Christian Aid partner organisations in Haiti, Veterimed and Koral, are very experienced in emergency response work, and will be working round the clock to meet the urgent humanitarian needs.
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Those wishing to donate on on-line should go to
Notes To Editors:

1) Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

2) Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty.  Our new drive, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to make that vision a reality.  Details at
Andrew Hogg
News Editor/Campaigns Editor

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