Archives of Rudolph W. Giuliani

Mayor's WINS Address
Sunday, August 22, 1999

Helping Turkey Recover
by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani

Early Tuesday morning, a very severe earthquake struck northwest Turkey, near the densely populated metropolitan area of Istanbul. Estimates now say that at least 7,000 people have been killed and at least 34,000 people have been injured by this terrible catastrophe, which also devastated hundreds of buildings and forced countless people from their homes. We may not know the full scope of the damage for many more days, as rescue workers and civilians search through the rubble to find both survivors and victims.

And once the people of Turkey deal with the destruction, their painful rebuilding process still has to begin.

The entire City of New York sends its prayers to the people of Turkey. Our thoughts are with them in this very difficult time. And our thoughts are also with the many members of New York City's Turkish-American community, especially those with family and friends in this region.

But we can send more than our prayers: we can send our help. The United States and the rest of the international community have responded with generosity and speed to the earthquake. And people throughout the City of New York, as usual, have been at the forefront of that relief effort, displaying the kind of compassion that they've shown time and time again

New York City government was proud to join that effort on Thursday in cooperation with the American Red Cross and leaders of the New York City Turkish community.

Because of the complicated logistics of transporting food or clothing or other goods the long distance overseas to Turkey-and because of the changing needs of rescue workers-the Red Cross wants you to know that the most meaningful thing you can contribute is monetary support. They will ensure that whatever amount you donate goes as quickly as possible to help Turkey recover.

The people of Turkey are in dire need of help, and they will be immensely grateful for any assistance you can give. If you want to help, please call the American Red Cross International Response Fund at 1-800-HELP-NOW. That's 1-800-HELP-NOW. This is Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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