Apple donates $1M to Indonesia earthquake and tsunami relief efforts

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced Apple is donating $1 million to help relief efforts taking place in Indonesia after the recent earthquake and tsunami, in a continuation of the iPhone producer's charitable efforts following major disasters over the years.




Posting to Twitter, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the donation by the company is taking place, adding "Our hearts go out to the people of Sulawesi and all of Indonesia after this weekend's devastating earthquake and tsunami."

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit near the central island of Sulawesi, triggering a tsunami that landed at the city of Palu, reports the BBC. Disaster response officials have so far declared the death toll of the natural disaster at over 1,300 people, and the number is likely to rise as the full impact of the events are examined in the coming days and weeks.

Our hearts go out to the people of Sulawesi and all of Indonesia after this weekend's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Apple is donating $1 million to aid relief efforts as this beautiful country starts to rebuild.

-- Tim Cook (@tim_cook)


Incidents of looting are being cracked down on by law enforcement officials, following a brief period where survivors acquired basic goods, with humanitarian relief convoys and food supplies arriving two days after the event. The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates there are close to 200,000 people in need of assistance, with a quarter of those said to be children.

The donation to the Sulawesi relief effort is one of a number of similar offers of aid provided by Apple in the event of major catastrophes. Before Sulawesi, Apple pledged a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross, to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.

In August, Apple opened its iTunes donation mechanism to help victims of the Kerala floods in India, as well as pledging 70,000,000 rupees (approximately $1 million) to support Mercy Corps efforts in the region.

Earlier in the same month, iTunes donations were accepted to the American Red Cross for the California wild fires. Apple also launched initiatives to support the U.S. national park system on August 23, including pledging to donate some of the proceeds of Apple Pay transactions to the National Park Foundation for a week.

In 2017, Apple contributed $5 million to the "Hand in Hand" hurricane relief effort following Hurricane Harvey, matched worker donations two-to-one to provide California wildfire relief with $1 million in October, and provided another $1 million to assist in rebuilding and recovery efforts following the wildfires in December.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,579member
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    edited October 2018
  • Reply 2 of 8
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    Well, he does live in a country where racism is a common problem, so I'm pretty sure that he's up on the issues.Fortunately, he has no such issues himself and isn't concerned by the proportion of Muslim citizens.
    fastasleepRayz2016
  • Reply 3 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,300member
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    Are you suggesting a quarter of the world’s population doesn’t deserve disaster relief because they practice a different religion than you? 
    edited October 2018
  • Reply 4 of 8
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,579member
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    Are you suggesting a quarter of the world’s population doesn’t deserve disaster relief because they practice a different religion than you? 
    I'm suggesting he may not be aware of where that donated money may actually end up and since Apple has a stated goal of diversity, it may contribute in a direction opposite Apple's goals.
    edited October 2018 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,300member
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    Are you suggesting a quarter of the world’s population doesn’t deserve disaster relief because they practice a different religion than you? 
    I'm suggesting he may not be aware of where that donated money may actually end up and since Apple has a stated goal of diversity, it may contribute in a direction opposite Apple's goals.
    So by helping the estimated 200,000 people — a quarter of which are children — who desperately need help in a disaster zone, Apple may be working against diversity. Right. 
  • Reply 6 of 8
    jumejume Posts: 184member
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    Look at your own back yard... you have more racism in USA then Indonesia ever had...

    Thumbs up Apple for donating. Could be more though...
    edited October 2018 fastasleep
  • Reply 7 of 8
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,579member
    jume said:
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    Look at your own back yard... you have more racism in USA then Indonesia ever had...

    Thumbs up Apple for donating. Could be more though...
    Get the UN or Red Cross to do it instead. It’s not Apple’s responsibility.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,300member
    jume said:
    I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country? 

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia#Issues
    Look at your own back yard... you have more racism in USA then Indonesia ever had...

    Thumbs up Apple for donating. Could be more though...
    Get the UN or Red Cross to do it instead. It’s not Apple’s responsibility.
    Red Cross is funded by charitible donations, wtf. Amazing that people actually have a problem with humans helping other humans in need. It’s not your money. There are literally people buried alive in rubble dying and you’re saying “fuck them” essentially. Incredible. 




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