Wearsiders thanked for helping Haiti

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WEARSIDERS are being thanked for their generosity in the wake of the Haiti earthquake.

A year after the devastating earthquake, British Red Cross workers said hope is emerging amid the rubble as people start to rebuild their lives.

Using money from UK donations and a huge fund-raising effort across the city, the British Red Cross is using innovative technology to provide immediate cash grants and small-business training to thousands of families, helping them back on their feet.

Taking advantage of high-levels of mobile phone ownership in Haiti, the British Red Cross has cut through banking bureaucracy and paperwork to make sure people get money quickly and securely through text messages.

“It is virtually impossible to overstate the impact of the quake,” said Alastair Burnett, recovery manager.

“The number of people killed is hard to even imagine, but there are millions more who survived but were robbed of their homes, jobs and livelihoods as well as their loved ones.

“Recovering from such a disaster will take years, and 12 months on it’s still just the beginning of that journey, but there are real positives which must not be overlooked.”

For details, visit www.britishredcross.co.uk