Last Tuesday, 19 September 2017, a 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico, with its epicentre near the city of Puebla.
In a tragically ironic twist, the quake happened on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that devastated Mexico City, and just hours after people lined the streets in the capital during earthquake drills.
It was the second earthquake to hit Mexico – which sits on the North American and Cocos plates – this month following an 8.4 magnitude quake off the coast of Chiapas on 8th September. A few more tremors as high as 6.4 were registered in the Oaxaca region just yesterday, causing more damage and further complicating the rescue situation across the country.
These earthquakes have caused devastation, leaving hundreds dead in Mexico City, Puebla, Chiapas, Morelos, Oaxaca and smaller towns and villages around these cities.
Nearly all my family and friends live in the affected areas. Luckily, they are all safe, but for all of us living abroad, it is still heart-breaking to be so far away from our families during this very difficult moment for our country with so many lives lost.
Despite the tragedy, it has been so heartening to see so many Mexicans showing such incredible solidarity, with thousands of citizens volunteering across the country to help rescue people out of the rubble of collapsed buildings, donating food, medicines, blood and other basic items, and offering free services like transportation, shelter and medical attention.
This solidarity has also been shown by Mexicans living abroad, who are gathering donations around the clock. Mexicans organising events and supporting the assistance activities from abroad have been working tirelessly to do their best to support the people in Mexico that have lost loved ones, their homes or that are still trapped under the rubble.
And Mexicans in Ireland are no exception. Several events have been organized in Ireland to raise funds for the emergency relief of those affected in Mexico, from campaigns to raise awareness and collect funds in the streets to parties and sports courses. Donations will go to various groups and organisations working in the affected areas.
From my side, I have been trying to play my small role in data collection and linking donations in different countries to small initiatives and individuals that are helping the small but most affected communities or small towns close to Mexico, Puebla, Morelos and Chiapas.
While we cannot physically support the amazing volunteer work continuing day and night, we can contribute in so many other meaningful ways, and we hope you can support through any donations or volunteering.
Some of the events that have been organised to raise awareness and collect funds in the previous days include, fundraising campaigns, Catrinas army, charity dinner at Pinata restaurant, among others. The following are some of the events for this cause that are being organised around Ireland for the following days:
A Pint for Mexico, Latin Solidarity Party, 28th September, Tramline bar Hawkins St, Dublin, 9pm
Zumbathon for Mexico, 8th October, Blackrock GAA, Cork, 4-6pm
Charity Workout for Mexico, Navitas crossfit gym, Dublin
If you would like to contribute with a donation from anywhere in the world, you can do through our gofundme campaign. All donations will be used to help people reconstruct the devastated communities and help families who lost loved ones, who were injured or lost their homes. https://www.gofundme.com/mexico-irish-donations