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Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster appeals

As the world watches in increasing horror at the lives lost and damage caused by the earthquake off Sumatra on December 26 2004, there is still something that we can do to help.

Although many governments around the world have pledged millions in aid to assist, this will probably not be enough to help. With an estimated 120,000 fatalities so far and the likelihood of a million plus survivors not having the basic essentials to survive, suffering people need our help now.

iPod owners are amongst the world’s most fortunate people. At this time of need, please consider making at least a small donation to those less fortunate. There are numerous organizations currently accepting donations of money to help the devastated areas. As an example of what our money can do, a donation of $100 can provide enough timber and sheeting to build a home for a family.

This disaster has affected so many people, and with our membership spread all over the globe, we hope that we can do something to help - at least a little. Thank you for reading, and for caring.

For U.S. charity details, visit

U.K. readers can give online at Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

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why are ipod owner’s the most fortunate…i mean i can see that it is shown (uh…almost) as a sign of wealth…but what does owning an ipod have to do with any of this?  haha.

oh well.  they still need help, and we’ll give them plenty of it.

Posted by wezman2k in UK on December 30, 2004 at 3:37 PM (CST)


if anything, we have less money because of an ipod.

Posted by OMGWTFSTFU in UK on December 30, 2004 at 4:20 PM (CST)


If you can afford an iPod, you can afford at least a small donation to help those who have lost family members, homes, and the means for daily sustenance as a result of the tsunami. Whether you choose to do so is entirely up to you.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in UK on December 30, 2004 at 4:31 PM (CST)


wezman2k - ipod owners are the most fortunate meaning an ipod is a LUXURY item as opposed to a necessity. Some people in the world can’t even afford their next meal or next month’s rent, let alone an mp3 player (especially such a pricey one). If you can’t see why you are fortunate as an iPod owner…. I really don’t know what to say.

Anyhoo, I donated yesterday already to the Red Cross.

Every cent counts.

Posted by rockthecasbah in UK on December 30, 2004 at 5:01 PM (CST)


that really stinks how many people died, were injured or had their homes/lives destroyed. my heart goes out to those affected

Posted by Veasey in UK on December 30, 2004 at 5:12 PM (CST)


Boy, omgwtfstfu & wezman sure have the Holiday spirit .

Posted by Brads214 in UK on December 30, 2004 at 5:45 PM (CST)


lol come on you guys, don’t get angry at me…i’m just saying that whether we have an ipod or not is besides the point.  we should donate regardless…

i was just pointing out that the fact we had ipods doesn’t necessarily make us rich.  as if the fact that we spent $300 on an ipod makes the assumption that we have another $300 to spare valid.


Posted by wezman2k in UK on December 30, 2004 at 6:10 PM (CST)


It’s not about giving the equivalent of the cost of an iPod.
It’s about giving something.
If 100 people just emptied the change out of their pocket there would probably be more than enough to provide a house for a family.
And it’s not about picking on iPod owners. It’s about a global ‘community’ coming together to try and help others. To maybe make a difference.
As Jeremy said, it is your choice. No-one would think any worse of you if you didn’t donate something.

Posted by MadPict in UK on December 30, 2004 at 6:39 PM (CST)


I appreciate what you’re saying, wezman2k. Although I don’t think MadPick meant or said “iPod owners are rich”, rather just fortunate.

Posted by rockthecasbah in UK on December 30, 2004 at 6:57 PM (CST)


*MadPict I mean.

Posted by rockthecasbah in UK on December 30, 2004 at 6:58 PM (CST)


For the Canucks out there, here are a couple sites (no affiliation implied - just a simple list):

  * UNICEF Canada online at, or 1-877-955-3111. Donations can also be mailed in to UNICEF Canada, 2200 Yonge St., Suite 1100, Toronto, Ont., M4S 2C6.

  * World Vision Canada online at, or call 1-800-268-5528.

  * The Red Cross online at, or 1-800-418-1111 - the 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa and Mastercard. You can also mail a cheque made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “South East Asia Earthquake and Tidal Wave Relief

Posted by yyzunderdog in UK on December 30, 2004 at 7:30 PM (CST)


I just made my donation and I must give Apple big props for putting up and dedicating their whole main startup page to donation links. Check some of the other major computer manufacturers and see what’s more important to them.

Posted by BigFil in UK on December 30, 2004 at 7:46 PM (CST)


Actually, for your information BigFil, Microsoft has also put up a section on their website for helping the disaster victims in Asia and East Africa, with a box on their start-up page and then a page of donation links. I think its great the way people around the world and big corporations such as Microsoft and Apple are becoming united in helping those victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami by giving donations or simply by keeping their thoughts and prayers with them.

Posted by iPodNod in UK on December 30, 2004 at 9:20 PM (CST)


The truth is, a tragedy such as this can happen nearly anywhere.

Posted by Galley in UK on December 30, 2004 at 9:42 PM (CST)


Very cool. In the words of Sting - “We share the same biology, regardless of our geology.” Truer words have never been spoken…

Posted by mongoos150 in UK on December 30, 2004 at 10:06 PM (CST)


we don’t need to say anything. just donate some money for them. that’s all what we can do here. I donated few places for them. God Bless them!!!

Posted by crazypod in UK on December 30, 2004 at 10:23 PM (CST)


This is going to far…trying to relate owning an iPod to giving money to disaster relief.  This whole year everything has been related to the iPod.  Think of how many companies gave away iPods to get new customers (everything from banks to my son’s school magazine drive).

Now, iPodlounge is saying that people who own iPods are fortunate people and should feel compelled to give a donation.

Well, I feel like giving a donation has nothing to do with whether you’re fortunate enough to own an iPod or not.  It has a lot to do with whether or not you want to give.  I don’t knock people who don’t give, and I’m not gonna bestow overwhelming praise on those who do.  It’s up to you, and yes, every cent does count.

I personally choose to give blood to the Red Cross, but that’s me.  Maybe a few bucks would do them more good than a few pints, I don’t know.

I’m rambling now, but it’s just I love the iPod, but I get so tired of everything being related to this silly device.

Yes, Apple has done a good job by giving visitors to its site an easy way to contribute, but they are far from being the only ones.  I first saw accepting donations, and have since seen a lot of corporations doing the same.  I guess Apple gets all the praise here because this is an Apple-centric site, but to the people who say, or think that only Apple has a heart, open your eyes.  If it takes owning an iPod to open your heart and reach out to 120,000 dead and many more injured people, then you need to do a bit of soul searching.

And, let’s get another thing straight.  Any house built with $100 worth of timber is gonna suffer the same fate when another disaster happens.

Posted by Talking Madness in UK on December 30, 2004 at 10:52 PM (CST)


For those in Australia, visit, or donate at these links

Red Cross International Response Fund
World Vision Donation for Asia Tsunami Disaster
Direct Relief International International Assistance Fund
Médecins Sans Frontières International Tsunami Emergency Appeal
Oxfam Asian Earthquake & Tsunami Fund
Sarvodaya Relief Fund for Tsunami Tragedy
UNICEF South Asia Tsunami Relief Efforts

Posted by Nuke666 in UK on December 31, 2004 at 12:25 AM (CST)


ok the links dont work, sorry…..just look at

Posted by Nuke666 in UK on December 31, 2004 at 12:26 AM (CST)


“Any house built with $100 worth of timber is gonna suffer the same fate when another disaster happens.”

Its more about emergency housing for people so they have some shelter while everything is sorted out over there.. I’d rather have a shelter put together with $100 of timber and sheeting than nothing whatsoever

Posted by Syph in UK on December 31, 2004 at 9:10 AM (CST)

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