Tsunami Appeal Donors Urged to Pledge Online

People were today urged to make donations to the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal online.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said money donated via its website dec.org.uk reaches them quicker than money donated via other means.

News source: Scotsman The website, which was strengthened yesterday with the support of BT, has already been taking a huge volume of donations.

The site is currently receiving donations worth nearly three quarters of a million pounds an hour and it has so far received close to £13 million.

Brendan Gormley, chief executive of the DEC, said: “The DEC would urge people to donate online if they have the choice.

“All donations are of course welcome but online donations reach us immediately thanks to the support of BT who volunteered to take over the running of the website.

“There are more than 11,000 online donations an hour at present and we are hopeful that many additional millions of pounds will be donated in this efficient manner.”

Beth Courtier, head of BT’s charity programme, added: “BT’s technical team has helped redesign and strengthen the DEC website so that it can cope with tens of thousands of donations an hour.

“There are currently more than 11,000 people donating online every hour and our team are on hand to ensure that the site can cope with far higher volumes.

“Donating online ensures that funds reach the DEC immediately so we would urge people to donate online if they have a choice.”

BT has donated £500,000 and is providing the DEC with logistical support for both its phone and online appeals.

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