Blackburn Rovers are showing their support to help save the survivors of the recent Indonesian earthquake and tsunami – a tragic event which has hit closer to home than first thought.
At today’s home game against Leeds United, Rovers will be holding bucket collections around Ewood Park to raise valuable funds for survivors of the disaster, which has had devastating effects on the south east Asian nation.
On Friday September 28th, an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a terrifying tsunami.
Over 2,000 people lost their lives, with hundreds of thousands left homeless and without shelter. The disaster touched the hearts of people worldwide, but for those with a personal connection to the country, it was particularly poignant.
Tomorrow, we’re doing our bit to help #SaveTheSurvivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) October 19, 2018
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Joe Ferguson, a member of Rovers Under-16s, is half-Indonesian and is a frequent visitor to the country. He said: “The earthquakes and tsunamis have had a massive impact because they’ve been one after another and it’s devastation after devastation.
“It’s affecting the people and everything that’s going on there, so it’s going to be hard for them to get through it.”
Joe’s mum, Roganda, added: “It really breaks my heart. The Indonesian people feel like it’s never-ending, because there was an earthquake before and then now a tsunami, and the conditions are so very, very bad.
“With Joe being at Blackburn Rovers, we are so proud of the football club that they are thinking about the Indonesian people, who need help from everybody in England and all around the world. If anybody can help, it really does mean so, so much.
“We very much appreciate those who think about the Indonesian people, the victims of the tsunami and the families who have lost their loved ones. Thank you.”
To show your support, please give generously to tomorrow’s bucket collections or visit www.dec.org.uk/appeal/indonesia-tsunami-appeal to donate.