Saudi Television's Channel One is planning a telethon next Thursday, October 18, to collect donations for Afghani refugees. The campaign, under the directives of the Saudi leadership and Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, will begin at the Grand Mosque in Makkah following asr prayer and end at midnight. Citizens can bring contributions to the Mosque, or make deposits in account #80 at any branch of the National Commercial Bank.
Meanwhile, the regional bureau of the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) in Riyadh has launched its own campaign, which was initiated by a personal donation of U.S. $10 million from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. Contributions can be sent to Al-Rajhi Bank, or to the regional headquarters in Riyadh, which is also receiving donations of clothes, blankets, tents and medicines for distribution through its bureaus located in areas close to the refugee camps.
In addition, under King Fahd's directives, planes have been leaving Riyadh for Islamabad with relief aid for Afghani refugees that includes flour, sugar, rice, tea, cooking oil and milk.