Singapore Red Cross donates 18 rubber boats to Thailand

[From left] Mr Lim Theam Poh, SRC's Director of Operations & Head of International Services; Mr Benjamin William, SRC's Director of Special Duties; Mr Christopher Chua, SRC's Secretary General, hand over 18 inflatable boats to the Thai Ambassador, His Excellency Nopadol Gunavibool; Ms Buniga Chamsai, Minister Counsellor (Commercial) and Mr Nipon Petchpornprapas, Minister Counsellor at the Royal Thai Embassy.

The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) donated 18 inflatable rubber boats to the Thai Red Cross to support their relief efforts in addressing the floods inundating Thailand.

The boats, which will be sent by sea freight to Bangkok tomorrow, were received by the Thai Ambassador, His Excellency Nopadol Gunavibool at the Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore today at 4pm.

The boats and accessories cost a total of $50,000, and each boat can carry as much as 560kg. They are set to arrive in Bangkok on Saturday.

"The inflatable boats will really aid our relief workers and volunteers in their response to the urgent needs of the people who are stranded and displaced from their home. We are facing the worst flood situation in the last 60 years, and we thank everyone who has come forward to help us," said Lt Gen Amnat Barlee, Director of Relief and Community Health of the Thai Red Cross, in acknowledging the contribution.

The SRC has raised over $530,166 for the South East Asia Floods Appeal from individuals and organisations. This includes the $100,000 contributed by the Singapore Government.

It aims to raise $1 million by the end of November, and appeals to Singaporeans to respond generously. Details on how to donate can be found at their website, www.redcross.org.sg.


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