Yamaha announces 10 million yen Turkey-Syria earthquake donation

Yamaha's donation of 10 million yen will be used to support the victims of the Turkey-Syria earthquake, and the on-going recovery efforts.

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Yamaha has announced it has put aside 10 million yen to donate to recovery efforts following the Turkey-Syria earthquake earlier this month.

The earthquake which affected Turkey and Syria happened on 6 February 2023. At time of writing (20 February 2023), the death toll has been most-recently announced to have surpassed 46,000 between the two countries.

In recent days, former Premier League footballer Christian Atsu was confirmed to be among the dead, while in motorcycling circles 2021 Superbike World Champion, Toprak Razgatlioglu, and his manager, former five-times Supersport World Champion, Kenan Sofuoglu, had been involved in early response work in their native Turkey. 

By now, Razgatlioglu has been forced to leave Turkey in order to be in Australia for the first round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship, in which he will be looking to reclaim the title he won in 2021, but lost to Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista in 2022.

The manufacturer for which Razgatlioglu rides, Yamaha, has announced on 17 February that it will donate 10 million yen (around £62,000 at time of writing, February 2023) “to help support victims of the recent Turkey-Syria earthquake.”

Yamaha says its donation will be made through the non-profit organisation Japan Platform and that “the funds will be used explicitly to support relief and reconstruction efforts in affected areas of Turkey and Syria.”

Along with the more than 46,000 dead, 84,000 buildings have been either seriously damaged, are in need of demolition, or have collapsed, in the Turkey-Syria earthquake. Within the rubble, survivors are still being found.

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