National day of action for Beirut largely online due to coronavirus | NOW

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The eleven cooperating aid organizations, united in Giro555, will hold a national day of action for the victims of the explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Friday. Due to the corona measures, the action day will have a different character than national collection campaigns in the past and will largely take place on the internet.

A small action center is being set up in the Institute for Sound and Vision at the Mediapark in Hilversum. You can follow what is happening there via a live stream. There should be no audience. NPO, RTL, Talpa Network and Facebook support the action day.

Giro555 was opened last Friday. Since then, approximately 2.2 million euros has been raised for Beirut. Tuesday’s explosion killed at least 154 and injured more than 5,000 others. About 300,000 residents were left homeless and people are still missing.

Giro555 says the money raised will be used primarily for emergency relief, including emergency shelter, water, food and toiletries. Young people also receive psychosocial support and families with an income below the poverty line receive financial support.

Previous Giro555 promotion was for Sulawesi

The relief organizations, including Cordaid, UNICEF and the Red Cross, join forces in exceptional disasters. Usually a national action day follows, which in the past was often coordinated from Hilversum and could be followed directly on radio and television.

The last time Giro555 was created, was followed by a tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in September 2018 after the earthquake. In total more than 15 million euros came in on Giro555.

Friday will be Giro555’s 45th national action. The first time was in 1984 because of the famine in Africa.

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