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Asian tsunami relief


Tesco made an immediate donation to the British Red Cross on the morning of Boxing Day, 2004, as soon as we heard that the tsunami had struck. We have donated over £310,000 in total. Of this, £100,000 went directly to the British Red Cross, and the rest was donated by our international businesses to aid efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India.

Together with the Red Cross, we have helped to collect over £2.8 million for the Tsunami Appeal in our UK stores. In addition to direct financial aid, Tesco staff worked with disaster charities to provide practical assistance, such as lorry loads of food, water and shelter materials in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Staff in India gave up one day’s pay and staff in Thailand helped by putting up people who were made homeless, in their own homes. We also bought a trawler and four smaller fishing boats to help Sri Lankan fishermen.

For more information on how we are helping to re-establish trade in badly affected parts of Sri Lanka see the Economy section.

‘It is great news that Tesco are helping in this way, both with a very generous donation and by inviting the Red Cross to collect in its stores across the country. This gives us an unrivalled opportunity to ask the British people for help.’
Mark Astarita, Director of Fund Raising, British Red Cross, January 2005


Asian tsunami relief