Dutch telethon raises €1.5m for ebola-hit areas

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Doctors at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital train to deal with the Ebola virus in September, 2014 (photo: Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Twitter). (Doctors at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital train to deal with the Ebola virus in September, 2014 (photo: Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Twitter))

For one day last week, broadcasters in the Netherlands worked to drum up support for giro 555, a program that sees the country's radio and television firms team up behind a single cause. The effort appears to have paid off, with viewers and listeners contributing €1,450,779.

All money raised goes to agencies assisting in areas hard hit by the Ebola virus.

The cooperative effort comes just a few weeks before the National Action Week from November 23 to 28, when people in the Netherlands will be asked to give more. The target fundraising amount is €15 million.

Last year, roughly €36 million was raised to provide assistance in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon wreaked havoc across the Asian country.

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