SA business donates to Haiti victims

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pretoria - A South African business has donated R5 million to Haitian earthquake victims.

The Cape Town-based company has presented a check to Imtiaz Sooliman from the South African humanitarian aid organisation Gift of the Givers, which sent two search and rescue missions to the stricken Caribbean country.

"Our only hope is that these funds find their way to the most vulnerable members of the community and somehow help them in their quest to rebuild their shattered lives," Nazeem Ebrahim, Oasis Group Holdings marketing director told the media in Cape Town.

A quake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Haiti on 12 January, killing an estimated 200 000 people.

Sooliman said the check was the biggest single donation the 18-year-old organisation had received. It would be spent on medical supplies and equipment such as an X-ray machine.

Gift of the Givers currently has a medical team of 53 people in Haiti.