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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 January, 2005, 17:51 GMT
Prince praises tsunami generosity
Prince Charles at the London Buddhist Vihara Centre
The prince has donated an undisclosed sum to the appeal
The Prince of Wales has praised the generosity of the public in the wake of the Asian tsunami while visiting a Buddhist temple in west London.

Volunteers at the London Buddhist Vihara Centre in Chiswick have been gathering clothes and medical supplies to send to Sri Lanka's worst hit areas.

So far the centre has collected 25,000 and 8,000 kilos of food and the prince has also donated an undisclosed sum.

Prince Charles described the generosity of the public as "inspirational".

Baby milk, bottles, nappies, and rice were among the donated goods being packed up ready to be shipped out to Sri Lanka.

Prince Charles said: "I wanted to take this opportunity to visit the London Buddhist Vihara to show support and solidarity to all those in Sri Lanka and elsewhere who have suffered so terribly as a result of this incomprehensible disaster.

"So many of us find it impossible to summon up words to describe the full horror of this tragedy.

"I find it quite inspiring to see the outpouring of generosity that has taken place in this country."

He said although the tragedy has challenged some people's faith, it has revealed the love and compassion that exists in people's hearts.

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