P&O Cruises and Collette join Nepal relief efforts

P&O Cruises and Collette join Nepal relief efforts

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P&O Cruises and global tour operator Collette are the latest travel companies to contribute to relief efforts in earthquake-hit Nepal.

The cruise line, which has Nepalese crew working across its eight ships, has made a donation of $100,000.

The line also set up a collection page for passengers and staff to contribute to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Crisis appeal.

“This is not a short term crisis and we have pledged to continue to help those affected over the coming days, weeks and months, as long as it takes,” the cruise company said.

A $25,000 donation has been made by Collette to Plan International towards its disaster relief efforts in Nepal.

The company also pledged to match employee, traveller and travel partner donations up to $20,000 by May 14.

An additional $5,000 will also be donated to Tourism Cares to aid in the rebuilding of Nepal and long-term sustainability of the destination.

Plan International’s country director for Nepal, Mattias Bryneson, said: “Children are particularly vulnerable in natural disasters, and making sure that their core needs -- shelter, water, healthcare, and essential protection mechanisms – are met will be among our immediate priorities.

“Children may be separated from their families, they may be injured themselves, their homes may be damaged or destroyed, and they may be deeply traumatised.

“As we get to work assessing the needs of communities and delivering relief, meeting these needs will be among our top priorities.”

Collette corporate giving senior manager, Nicole Diebold, said: “We are proud to support this fantastic organisation – our donation will go directly to their efforts in Nepal, creating an impact where it is most needed and most urgent.”

Those wishing to donate and participate in the matching campaign can visit collettefoundation.org and specify “Nepal Relief” in the description.


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