On October 6th, Mercy-USA hosted their Annual Banquet at the Sheraton Novi. The event sought to bring awareness and raise funds for the recent Tsunami and Earthquakes in Indonesia. The earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi was devastating.
The death toll is over 2,000 and feared to be much higher as rescue workers make their way to cut-off towns.
Mercy-USA has had a permanent early response team in Indonesia since the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. They have been working in the country helping with developing infrastructure, education and agricultural projects. Currently, their teams of skilled early responders are delivering ready-to-eat meals to survivors and the local rescue volunteers who are working day and night on the recovery of victims. Shelter, food and other long-term relief will be offered in the coming weeks. The organization is also rebuilding a primary school, providing temporary shelters and delivering food aid on the island of Lombok where a series of severe earthquakes nearly flattened everything last August.
Guests who gathered in support of Mercy-USA’s relief work, welcomed two inspiring speakers, Imam Khalid Latif and featured speaker Altaf Husain. Both speakers motivated and inspired audiences with their spiritual insight. Through their encouragement, guests gave generously to the relief effort.
In addition to the fundraising efforts, Mercy-USA took time to recognize the youth groups in the Michigan area who have collectively raised over $20,000 for Mercy-USA’s humanitarian work. Groups such as Masjid Al-Salaam Youth Committee, IAGD Muslim Youth, ICD Muslim Youth and Oakland University MSA were all recognized for their exceptional service for Mercy-USA.
If you did not get an opportunity to join Mercy-USA at the Annual Banquet, you can still give by visiting mercyusa.org