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Royal patronage to bring critical donations to Indonesia

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, has called for donors to aid the children who were affected by the Indonesia natural disaster

A royal patronage has called donors into action to aid children who are suffering from the devastating impact of the Indonesia natural disaster.

Taking to Instagram to announce the Street Child appeal, Sarah Ferguson said that the donations would go to the children affected by Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami. The charity is prepared to send aid workers to the country to offer long-term help.

The Duchess of York wrote: “As a mother, I have found the stories of children affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia utterly heartbreaking. They need our help. That’s why we are launching a special appeal – please support if you can.”

Although no longer a member of the royal family, Ferguson’s patronage includes the Teenage Cancer Trust, Children in Crisis and Street Child. Her daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, are also Street Child ambassadors.

As many as 5,000 victims are yet to be found after the September 28 disaster, and the official death toll is currently at 2,010, with most in the seaside of Palu. Rescue workers have stepped up their search, hoping to find more before the end of the week.

More than 10,000 workers are scouring expanses of debris, especially in the three areas obliterated by soil liquefaction in the south of the small city. The debris will be cleared and areas where bodies lie will be turned into parks, sports venues and memorials.

Rescue worker, Ahmad Amin, who also has relatives unaccounted for, said: “There are so many children still missing, we want to find them quickly. It doesn’t matter if it’s my family or not, the important thing is that we find as many as we can.”

Ferguson made the first UK$1,000 donation to Street Child as she appealed to donors. She said she is willing to travel to Indonesia if she can be of more help.

“The most important thing, I believe, for someone on the public stage is to go if you can help,” Ferguson told Evening Standard. She added that if her CEO, Tom Dannatt, gave the direction, she would be there.

Royal patronages have been a huge motivator for donors in the past. In May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked people to donate to charity rather than gift them for their wedding. The chosen charities saw an incredible surge in donations.

Surfers Against Sewage CEO, Hugo Tagholm, said the patronage was a “complete bolt out of the blue” and that the resulting global interest is “phenomenal”.

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