The campaign of solidarity with the Mozambican victims of the cyclone Idai that took place during the weekend in the second stage of the surf league in Figueira da Foz, resulted in the raising of half a ton of donations.
"The final result considers 266 kg of clothing, 195 liters of water and 44 kg of food, thus exceeding the half ton mark. The assets raised will be sent to Mozambique in conjunction with the Portuguese and Mozambican Red Cross, in a concerted logic between this and other initiatives, focusing on the most essential goods in the immediate, which will follow on Saturday (April 6), and the rest in the two weeks following, "said a press release sent to Lusa.
The information recalls that "as a result of the devastation of the cyclone Idai, the best national surfers and Allianz joined hands in Mozambique on a solidarity mission to collect food, water and clothing along the Allianz Figueira Pro, 2. Th stage of the MEO Surf League, which took place from 29 to 31 March ".
"Allianz Portugal has a commitment to social responsibility, so we can not help supporting the Mozambican population, at a time when it needs it. The result of this initiative exceeded our expectations. In just three days, almost 200 liters of water were collected, almost 100 kg of food and more than 250 kg of clothing, which will undoubtedly make a difference ", emphasizes José Francisco Neves, member of the Executive Committee – Director of Market Management of Allianz Portugal.
Francisco Rodrigues, president of the National Association of Surfers, emphasizes the contribution of the surf community in Portugal and praises the behavior of the public.
"We are very happy to be able to contribute. From the surfers who, in the middle of their competition batteries, made their donations, to the parents and coaches who also worked, as well as the general public that answered 'yes' to our appeal. From a distance it is indeed difficult to know in depth the depth of the problems in Mozambique. More complicated is definitely to reach your solution. We hope for quick and steady improvements in the daily conditions of all Mozambicans, "he said.
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi caused at least 786 deaths and affected 2.9 million people in all three countries, according to United Nations agencies.
Mozambique was the worst affected country, with 468 dead and 1,522 wounded already counted by the Mozambican authorities, who still account for more than 127,000 people living in 154 shelters, especially in Beira, the worst hit region.
Mozambican officials said the cyclone affected some 800,000 people in the country, but the United Nations estimates that 1.8 million need urgent humanitarian assistance.