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Halcrow launch driect-action charity

An internal company appeal for aid for victims of the 2004 tsunami has led to the creation of a new 'direct-action' charity organisation, it was announced this week.
International consultant Halcrow and its staff raised £76,000 immediately after the Asian tsunami. The money was put to direct use with Halcrow staff helping build new schools, houses and fishing boats for people in Galle in Sri Lanka and Aceh in Indonesia.The body through which the funds were channelled - the Halcrow Foundation - has now received official recognition as a charity by the Charity Commission.The Foundation's aim is to improve the lives of people in need 'by mobilising the goodwill and expertise of Halcrow employees', said Halcrow Foundation chairman David Kerr at the official launch of the charity on Monday.

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