Ambassador of Indonesia presented the donation from Bulgaria for the victims of earthquake in West Sumatera
Powerful earthquake on 7.6 Richter Scale that struck the Province of West Sumatera, Indonesia, and its surrounding, 30 September 2009, invited sympathy and solidarity from the people of Bulgaria. Ambassador of the Republic Indonesia to the Republic of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr. Immanuel Robert Inkiriwang, presented the donation collected in Bulgaria, amounting USD 3,333,-, to the Head of Representative Office of the Provincial Government of West Sumatera in Jakarta, Mr. Nadiar, S.H. The donation was collected from several fund raising activities conducted by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Sofia late 2009.
Mr. Nadiar, on behalf of the Provincial Government and the people of West Sumatera, thanked the Indonesian Embassy and the people of Bulgaria for their attention and generosity. The donation would surely help alleviate the suffering of the victims, he added.
On the said occasion, Ambassador Inkiriwang stated that the donation held important significance for the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Bulgaria as shown by the Bulgarian people which would positively contribute to the process of rehabilitation in the earthquake struck area.
The larger part of the donation was collected from the charity activity in the Mercedez Bens President Cup amateur golf tournament held in Balchik, 31 October-1 November 2009 held by the Embassy in cooperation with Lighthouse Golf & Resort and Mercedez Bens Bulgaria. The news about the earthquake encouraged the Executive Director of Lighthouse Golf & Resort, Mr. Georgi Tchouklev, to co-organize the event. Part of the green fee paid by participants of the tournament was donated, as well as from the proceeds of the auctions held during the event, including a painting of Bali donated by the Indonesian Ambassador.
The donation was also collected from Christmas Charity Bazaar held in the Residence of the Ambassador on 15 December 2009, organized by the Organization of the Indonesian Ladies at the Embassy (Dharma Wanita Persatuan KBRI Sofia) in cooperation with the Cultural Directorate of Sofia Municipality and the Bulgarian Diplomatic Review Magazine. The ladies of the Dharma Wanita Persatuan KBRI Sofia donated the proceeds from selling various traditional Indonesian handicrafts (scarves, wallets, dresses etc) to the victims of earthquake in West Sumatera. The dance group of the Embassy, Pesona Mawar Nusantara (Enchanting Roses of the Archipelago), entertained the guests in the charity bazaar by performing ‘Tari Ngarojeng’ traditional dance from Jakarta while Folklore Dance Ensemble from Municipality Institute of Culture ‘Sredetz’ performed Bulgarian traditional dances and songs.
Besides the two activities, donation was collected from the diplomatic corps in Sofia, including, among others, from the Ambassador of Austria, H.E. Mr. Klaus Fabjan.