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Skål International appeals to the generosity of Skål members worldwide to support Ecuador

At 7pm on Saturday 16 April 2016 Ecuador suffered a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the province of Manabi, in northwest of the country.

The resulting damage and loss of life has been heart-breaking with the death toll 602 (and rising) and thousands of injured and displaced persons and more than 25,000 have been left homeless.

The death toll, exceeds that of the earthquake in Peru in 2007 and makes Ecuador’s earthquake the deadliest in South America since the one that stroke Colombia in 1999, which killed more than 1,000 people.

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa interrupted a trip to Europe to return home and back in his country noted that this is "the greatest tragedy of the last 67 years", since the Ambato earthquake on 5 August 1949.

Hundreds of emergency workers arrived from Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Spain and other countries to help in the rescue and recovery mission and the first stage has now concluded but the hard work or rebuilding lives, homes and businesses now starts

I had the opportunity to meet with Skål International Ecuador President, Fabrizio Garcia Martinez at the recent Skål Latin American Congress and he explained the severe damage done to the region and in particular the negative impact on the tourism industry.

At the same meeting the Northern Latin American Committee pledged 10% of their funds to assist Ecuador and I promised that Skål International would launch an appeal to ask Skålleagues to assist in helping the country regain its feet.

To this end may I please ask all Skål clubs and national committees to consider donating an amount, no matter how small, to assist our friends and colleagues in Ecuador.

As has happened in previous appeals, Skål International will collect the monies and then work with Skål Ecuador in establishing the most effective use of the monies, with a fully audited trail.

To pledge your assistance please use the following bank account:


IBAN: ES57 0182 0481 6902 0167 1004



Skålleagues lets reach out and show our true Skål spirit.


Nigel A Pilkington


Skål International

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