For the first time, Pride Cymru has handed over their donation buckets to raise the much-needed funds for the Disaster Emergency Appeal (DEC) Cymru to help the thousands of people left devastated as a result of the conflict in Gaza.
Over £1,200 was raised at the events on Saturday 16th August, which included a city centre parade and main stage event at Coopers Field, Cardiff.
The money raised by the DEC will help provide shelter, food, water, household items and medical care to over 1.5 million people in Gaza, many of whom have seen their homes severely damaged or destroyed.
Kirsty Davies, Head of the DEC Cymru Gaza Appeal said:
“We are hugely grateful to Pride Cymru for supporting the DEC Gaza Appeal. The need for aid in Gaza is great and can only be met with international assistance. We are determined, with the Welsh public’s support, to prevent this crisis from spiralling out of control.”
The DEC brings together 13 UK charities to strengthen and maximise humanitarian efforts wherever and whenever it is needed. DEC Cymru agencies include Christian Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD, Oxfam Cymru, British Red Cross, Save the Children and Islamic Relief.
Their staff and partners are on the ground, with many aid workers from Wales amongst them, working tirelessly to provide urgent assistance to the hundreds and thousands of people.
Lu Thomas, Chair of Pride Cymru said:
“Normally we don’t let organisations collect at our event, as we as a charity, need to raise as much funds to keep Pride Cymru sustainable. But we felt that the Disaster Emergency Appeal was something that we, as human rights activists, could not ignore.”
Fundraisers chatted to crowds about the on-going crisis in Gaza and the work being carried out by agencies, providing essential aid.