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Friday, December 9, 2016
Famine appeal raises three million in 24 hours
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¬†In just 24 hours, a fantastic £3 million has been pledged to the DEC's Southern Africa Crisis Appeal. The appeal, launched last Thursday, will help 14million people who face starvation in seven southern African countries. CAFOD, Christian Aid, and the Christian Children's Fund are among the 13 charities taking part in the appeal. Brendan Gormley, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee said: "The public have responded magnificently and this is a fantastic start to the Southern Africa Crisis Appeal. However we have a marathon ahead of us. We need the money to feed up to 14m people for eight months - half of them children - so please continue to give generously." Political instability and three years of drought combined with flooding in some areas has led to massive food shortages. Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique are all affected. Volunteers helped handle 30,000 calls overnight as emotional appeals fronted by BBC Foreign Correspondent Fergal Keane and TV celebrity Claire Sweeney were broadcast across all the main television channels. Just £15 will buy three basic HIV/Aids medical kits, £25 will feed two families for a month and £50 will make three farming families self-sufficient. People can donate to the Southern Africa Crisis Appeal by calling 0870 60 60 900 (local call rates), visiting www.dec.org.uk or donating at any Post Office or high street bank. Cheques made payable to DEC Southern Africa Crisis Appeal can be sent to DEC Southern Africa Crisis Appeal, PO Box 999, London, EC3A 3AA
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