Fundraising News: Bangladesh appeal prompts low response

John Plummer

A UK-based Bangladeshi charity's appeal to raise funds for victims of the country's flooding, which has killed hundreds of people and left millions homeless, has got off to a sluggish start.

The Greater Sylhet Development and Welfare Council had hoped the appeal would generate £50,000. But chairman Kalam Choudhury admitted the first week had not gone as well as he had expected.

"We can't tell exactly how much has been collected yet, but we did not get a good response," he said.

Caritas International, the umbrella organisation for 167 Catholic aid agencies worldwide, has launched a £1.1m appeal for the Bangladeshi victims.

UK Caritas member Cafod has pledged to contribute £50,000 towards the target. Cafod hopes the large Bangladeshi population in the UK will compensate for any difficulty in attracting funds from a public bombarded by horrific situations elsewhere.

"Press attention is focused on Iraq and Sudan and the floods in Bangladesh are not as high on the agenda as they would be in normal circumstances," said Cafod spokesman Patrick Nicholson.

He added that unlike Sudan, where hundreds of aid workers were flying in to co-ordinate the relief effort, Caritas Bangladesh already had a network of volunteers on the ground.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Already registered?
Sign in
Follow us on:

Latest Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners


Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

Partner Content: Presented By Markel

When a property is being constructed, VAT is charged at the standard rate. But if you're a charity, health body, educational institution, housing association or finance house, the work may well fall into a category that justifies zero-rating - and you could make a massive saving

Third Sector Logo

Get our bulletins. Read more articles. Join a growing community of Third Sector professionals

Register now