About 10 million denars raised for the victims of the earthquake in Türkiye
On February 8, 2023, the Red Cross of RNM held a press conference regarding the disastrous earthquake in Türkiye. The press conference was opened by the Secretary General of the Red Cross of RNM, PhD. Sait Saiti, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye in Skopje, Mr. Hasan Mehmet Sekizkök.
The Secretary General of the Red Cross of RNM, PhD. Sait Saiti emphasized that to our great satisfaction, we can say that the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia are showing their solidarity in action this time as well. As of February 7, 2023, a total of 3,363,800 denars were raised through the donor telephone lines, and a total of 6,467,192 denars were paid on the Red Cross Solidarity Fund of the RNM. A total of 9,830,992 denars were raised. Also, the Red Cross of RNM allocated 1,000 family food parcels, 1,500 hygiene parcels and 4,000 blankets from its stock reserves.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye in Skopje, Mr. Hasan Mehmet Sekizkök expressed deep gratitude to all the citizens of RNM for the unselfish humanity and solidarity that they are showing.
In coordination with the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in RNM, it has been agreed that in the coming period the activities will be aimed at collecting humanitarian aid in form of financial means. We support efforts and activities related to donating material aid from firms and companies. It would be nice if smaller donations and citizens’ initiatives could be in form of raising funds, not in material goods, because customs restrictions do not allow the delivery of such humanitarian aid. In order to be more efficient and direct and to ensure rapid response, we prefer to coordinate all activities together and to guide them for purpose of motivating the citizens and the population to donate money. The raised funds at the end of the campaign will be transferred to the Turkish Red Crescent, who would know how to cover the humanitarian needs of their citizens in the best way.