Natural disasters can strike with devastating force, leaving communities in urgent need of help and support. The epicentre of the Moroccan earthquake on 8 September 2023 was located in the High Atlas mountains – home to approximately 840,000 people. The destruction and ongoing aftermath is challenging, however, every bit of support will go a long way.
Here are four ways you can help support people in Morocco right now.
1. Make a cash donation
Cash donations are the best way to help people affected by disasters like the earthquake that has impacted Morocco. CARE already has a presence in the earthquake-affected areas of Morocco, and we are ready to support the Red Crescent of Morocco who are coordinating the emergency relief. Cash donations can help provide hot meals, safe water, emergency shelter, and medical support to families who have been impacted.
2. Set up a Facebook fundraiser
A great way to show your support for those affected by the earthquake in Morocco, and raise awareness about the disaster, is to set up a Facebook fundraiser. It’s easy to do and you can share it with your friends and family to get them involved. If you have a birthday or anniversary coming up, a Facebook fundraiser is the way to go to ask for donations instead of gifts. With a lot of people currently getting news about the earthquake on their feeds, they might just be ready and looking for a way to donate.
3. Organise or take part in a fundraising event
Jumping into a fundraising event, whether you’re organising it or joining one, can be a super enjoyable way to make a difference. Think of it as a chance to do good while having a good time. Whether it’s a charity bake sale, a fun run, or a karaoke night, there are tons of creative ways to get involved. There are hundreds of events around Australia, so wherever you are, this could create a chain reaction of generosity that will save lives.
4. Fundraise at your workplace
Your colleagues are another great group to encourage to support your fundraiser. You can show them how their contributions can help a worthy cause and make a difference. When people come together to support a common goal, it can be a powerful force for good. It can also help to build a stronger sense of community in the workplace.
Have some items you’re keen to donate?
It’s an incredibly kind gesture to want to donate things like clothes, blankets, or other useful things you might have on hand. However, relief items are best sourced from the economies of affected communities – so local businesses and suppliers can benefit too. That’s why we don’t take physical goods or items as donations. If you want to lend a hand, one of the four ways above will have a life changing impact.
We are so grateful for your thoughts, contribution and efforts in supporting the people of Morocco.
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