Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Church agency taking donations for those affected by Tas bushfires

UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania’s fundraising arm, SHARE, is now taking donations for people affected by the bushfires which burnt through parts of Tasmania over the weekend and continue to be of serious concern.

Funds raised will be directed towards the Red Cross who are the designated emergency provider in Tasmania.

UnitingCare Tasmania Chief Executive Lindy O’Neill said the effect of the fires had been devastating.

“Many people have lost everything – their houses, clothes, cars and pets – and need material and financial aid,’’ Ms O’Neill said

“They also need understanding, empathy and emotional support for a long time to come to help them overcome this tragedy with its associated traumas.”

Ms O’Neill said the funds raised would be distributed through existing channels as prescribed by Tasmania’s emergency disaster plan.

“The Tasmanian State Government’s emergency disaster plan allocates roles to various community service providers, with the Red Cross being responsible for the collection and dispersal of emergency funds and St Vincent de Paul being responsible for material aid,” Ms O’Neill said.

UnitingCare supporters and members of the public can make donations at the UnitingCare Tasmania website at www.tas.unitingcare.org.au, directly at https://secure.donman.net.au/client/UnitingCareTas/Donate.aspx  or by calling 1800 668 426.