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Fund-Raising for the Cyclone in Myanmar, and the Earthquake in Sichuan Province, China

Fund-Raising for the Cyclone in Myanmar, and the Earthquake in Sichuan Province, China

July 2008

Natural disasters happen all the time, all over the world. We are fortunate that few cause such devastation and loss of life that would make the entire world take notice, but tragically, two such events happened just recently. Sichuan, China is dealing with the after-effects of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck on May 12th. An estimated 41,000 people have been confirmed dead thus far, but the number will no doubt be even more staggering in the days to come.

Approximately two weeks prior to the earthquake, a cyclone hit Myanmar and 78,000 are estimated to have died with another 50,000 missing. It is almost impossibly painful to know that each number represents a human life. Accounts of rescue efforts have been heart wrenching and media images horrific. These tragic events have touched us deeply and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families.

As the need is profound and immediate, we have donated an initial sum of $1,000 to the Red Cross society of China (a Chapter of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and $5,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund (www.redcross.org) and the U.S. Fund for Unicef (www.unicefusa.org) to help fund their relief efforts.

After hearing from many concerned customers, we have once again decided to initiate a fund drive. As with our previous fund-raising efforts, like our Southeast Asia Tsunami Relief and Katrina Relief drives, Mayway will match donations made through our website up to an additional $5,000 through July 31st.

Funds raised will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International’s Asia Pacific office to be earmarked for the rebuilding of homes in Myanmar and China.

Please donate online at mayway.com or along with your order so together we can help those who need us most. Thank you for your support.

Mayway will match donations made through our website up to an additional $5,000 through July 31st.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity International’s Asia Pacific office please visit www.habitat.org/ap