UNICEF and Realitatea TV raised 350,000 Euro for the children in Haiti
The special accounts and hotlines may still be used for donations until 23 February 2010
After the telethon “Haiti - children of the chaos” organized by Realitatea TV and UNICEF, a figure of 350,000 Euro was raised for the victims of the disaster. The money will support the survival of the children in Haiti and will cover their special needs for food, shelter and protection.
Various public figures along with personalities of the cultural, political, business and sports’ life who wished to voice their solidarity with the children affected by the devastating earthquake, took part in a fundraiser organized on Sunday evening in Bucharest. In its “Apocalypse after the earthquake” campaign, which will air until February 23, 2010, Realitatea TV will cover the latest updates in Haiti. Throughout this period, journalists Cristian Zărescu and Radu Diaconescu, the only Romanian journalists sent to Haiti, will provide exclusive coverage of the stories of the people hit by the latest biggest natural disaster for Realitatea TV.
The marathon fundraiser organized on Sunday evening lasted for five hours and was broadcast live by Realitatea TV. The telethon’s host, Mihai Tatulici, had several guests who took the viewers’calls on special phone lines and donated money for the relief efforts. Among the public figures responding were Mariana Bitang and Octavian Belu, Aurora Liiceanu, Margareta Pâslaru, Florin Chilian, Daniela Nane, Anca Ţurcaşiu, Marcel Pavel, Robert Turcescu and Oana Sârbu, Cristina Ţopescu, Melania Medeleanu, Vlad Enăchescu, Cosmin Stan, Emil Constantinescu, Sorin Oprescu, Alina Gorghiu, Cristian Adomniţei, Cristina Pocora, Mircea Toader, Sorin Apostu, Maria Dinulescu, Raed Arafat, Maia Morgenstern, Dragoş Bucur and Dana Nălbaru, Virgil Ianţu, Mihai Albu, Victor Socaciu and various others.
Mihai Tatulici opened the fundraiser by placing a personal contribution in the telethon’s special donation bowl of the telethon. President Traian Băsescu, Adriean Videanu, Minister of the Economy, Trade and Business Environment and Gabriel Oprea, Minister of Defense, each donated one of their monthly paychecks for the fundraiser. Part of the money raised came from such companies as: the Foreign Investors Council, the Valvis Foundation, the Commercial Bank of Romania (BCR), the Vest 6 Company, Blue Air and Camelia Şucu, each donating 10,000 Euro to help the children in Haiti. The children’s suffering also impressed other well-known public figures, such as Paulina and Costel Căşuneanu, who donated 10,000 USD, as well as Toader Mircea, Gabriela Anghelache, Honorius Prigoană and Marcel Pavel and various others who contributed to the fundraiser.
“Children are our top priority. They must be found, fed, kept alive and safe! UNICEF sends to Haiti the essential water, food and medical supplies, as well as shelter and sanitation items. We thank everybody for their support and we encourage you to further donate. Any contribution is welcome!” stated Edmond McLoughney, UNICEF Romania representative.
The telethon will be in operation for the next month, during which the people who wish to contribute may use the text-message numbers and the phone numbers to donate. People can use the 848 number, valid for the Orange, Vodafone and Cosmote mobile networks to text a 2 Euro-message. Romtelecom has supplied three land-phone numbers, 0900.900.563 for a 2 Euro-call, 0900.900.565 for a 5 Euro-call and 0900.900.567 for a 10 Euro-call. These services have been provided free of charge by the communication partners and no VAT shall apply to the amount donated. People may also donate in any BRD banking unit, straight into the UNICEF account opened with BRD-Groupe Societe Generale, the Corporate Division Branch, RO10 BRDE 450S V434 6556 4500 (cod 04). For online donations and campaign details, please go to: http://www.unicef.ro.
We would like to thank all our partners, the mobile phone operators: Orange, Vodafone and Cosmote, Teleperformance and our strategic partner: the BRD - Groupe Societe Generale bank, which made it possible for people to reach us and contribute to the fundraiser.
UNICEF is in Romania and in other 150 countries and territories to promote children’s survival and development, from their early childhood through their adolescence.