The death toll of the natural disaster on Sulawesi has reached 1400, and it keeps rising. Student associations in Wageningen are taking action. Nji-Sri is organising a benefit evening on Thursday night. ‘Everyone is invited.’
Sulawesi was hit by an earthquake, followed by a tsunami. © Google Maps
During the benefit evening, the Student Desk of the Red Cross will be present with a donation box. Restaurant Tiga Star Indonesia is sponsoring with egg rolls, while Bavaria is donating a keg of beer. Songs can be requested starting at one euro per song, and drinks that night will cost 30 cents more than usual. This means the price of a beer will be 1.50 instead of 1.20. The revenues will go directly to the Dutch Cooperating Aid Organizations.
‘This will not be an association party, so we would very much like to see all Wageningen students, whether they are members of an association or not, show that they can make a societal contribution’, says Ben Stel of Nji-Sri. ‘Even if they don’t feel like partying all night, they are most welcome to come by.’ The evening will be opened at 22:00 by the Mayor, Geert van Rumund.
‘The debating-club Doerga is turning 36 and planned to organise the open evening this Thursday’, Stel explains. ‘We normally choose some fun theme, but considering our historical ties with Indonesia and the magnitude of this disaster, we chose to raise money for the Dutch Cooperating Aid Organizations.’
Nji-Sri was established in 1904 by Dutch and Dutch-Indonesian boys who started studying tropical agriculture, Stel says. ‘They would often go back to the Dutch East Indies afterwards. We still have many Indonesian traditions, and of course the Indonesian names of our association, debating-clubs and clubs.’
|Last Friday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 on Richter’s scale hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The quake was followed by a several-metres-high tidal wave and mud slides. As all communication on Sulawesi dropped, the full extent of the disaster remained unclear until much later. The Indonesian disaster centre has since declared that over 1400 people have perished. 50,000 people have been left homeless, and another 1.5 million people have been affected by the disaster. The number of victims keeps increasing, and many areas still cannot be accessed. The Dutch Cooperating Aid Organizations’ Giro555 was opened on Tuesday to raise money for the victims of the disaster.|
Global online crowdfunding by PPI
The global Indonesian student association Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia (PPI), which has a branch in Wageningen, is also requesting its members to support Sulawesi. PPI is collaborating with crowdfunding organisation KitaBisa and local parties in Palu, the coastal city where the tsunami hit on Friday. Donations can be made HERE.
Nji-Sri’s doors will be opened from 22:00 to 02:00. You must be 18+ years, and your student ID will be required.