Big-hearted bank staff have raised $50,000 for the Haitian relief effort.

Workers at HSBC Bermuda dug deep to raise $23,000.

In support, the Bank of Bermuda Foundation added $2,000 and the bank matched this donation to increase the total to $50,000.

Philip Butterfield, chief executive officer, said: "It is tremendous of my colleagues to respond to the Bermuda Red Cross Haitian earthquake appeal with this level of generosity, particularly in these economic times. It is an honest reflection of the HSBC spirit of giving. "

The money has been donated to the Bermuda Red Cross. So far, local donations have helped supply food and non-food items to 50,000 Haitians.

Tarps and hygiene kits have been distributed but more are needed.

Distribution of water, kitchen sets and blankets and the building of latrines have all been carried out.

The Red Cross is restoring family links and sending "safe and well" and "anxious for news" messages to families.

Recovery assessments in conjunction with other humanitarian organisations, agencies and government are under way.

The Red Cross is working closely with the Haitian Government, the World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF.

The Red Cross Movement plans to be involved in the rebuilding process over the next three to five years, according to Ann Spencer-Arscott, Bermuda Red Cross director.

She also revealed Bermuda donations, including the HSBC Bermuda contribution, now top $600,000.

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