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Gaza donation drive extended after receiving pledges for over JD1m

By Muath Freij - Jul 23,2014 - Last updated at Jul 23,2014

AMMAN – Organisers of a one-day donation campaign for Gaza decided to extend it until Thursday due to the public response, a member of the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA) said on Wednesday. 

Organised by the JEA, Hayat FM Radio Station and Al Urwa Al Wuthqa charity society, the campaign originally started on Tuesday at 9:30am and wrapped up after midnight, but donations are still welcome until the end of the week, JEA media officer Anas Abu Khdair said.  

Donors contacted Hayat FM, which held a telethon on Tuesday, and the amount of promised donations stands at JD1.025 million, Abu Khdair added.  

“The actual amount of money we collected so far is JD650,000. Today, the organisers began contacting donors to collect the money they promised to donate,” he told The Jordan Times over the phone.

Bader Nasser, a member of the JEA, told The Jordan Times on Tuesday that the money will be used to buy medical equipment and help families whose houses were destroyed by Israeli air strikes. 

Individuals, companies and charitable societies have pledged donations to the campaign, he said.

Abu Khdair noted that others wishing to contribute have the chance to donate until Thursday by heading to the JEA headquarters at the Professional Associations Complex in Amman’s Shmeisani area.

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