Money and clothes desperately needed for earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria

Charities across South Yorkshire have united through a fundraising event for Turkey and Syria following the devastating earthquakes in the region. 

Time To Help UK organised the fundraiser, which took place at Broomhall Centre on 3 March. This included a bake sale which largely consisted of traditional Turkish food, calligraphy art, and face painting. 

Mehmet Afacan, 36, an organiser of the event and volunteer at Time To Help UK, said: “We want to make an awareness for everyone in Sheffield.” 

Time To Help UK have organised a previous fundraiser in Sheffield in which a stall was set up in Meadowhall on 25 February. Warm clothes and heaters were donated. 

The South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group supported the event, as well as people of all ages and nationalities around the community who were in attendance.

When asked what the public should donate, Mr Afacan said: “Firstly money may be really good right now, but I think clothes are really important.”

Financial donations are being used by Time To Help UK to help rehabilitate people affected by the earthquakes. Mr Afacan said: “We are trying to find some kind of housing and have a string of finance so those in need can afford it.” 

In terms of governmental aid, Mr Afacan said: “Most of the countries in Europe have helped and donated already, so we are getting some kind of news. 

“The government has played a part in the donations and is going to double the amount the community raises.” 

The British government announced that £25 million in overseas aid will be given to support the recovery efforts of the earthquakes on 15 February. 

UK Minister for Development, Andrew Mitchell, said: “The UK’s priority is to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people who need it most and that is why I am pleased to announce this additional funding today, which will be so vital in ensuring those affected can begin to rebuild their lives.” 

Despite the level of international support, Mr Afacan said: “This is not just a one-time thing. It’s going to last years.” 

Anyone wishing to donate to this cause can do so at: https://www.timetohelp.org.uk/donate-now/

Written by Andrea Lewis

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