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Monday, 12 May 2008

President urges support for UCOA Burma Appeal

For immediate release 

As the tragic reality of the Burma cyclone continues to emerge, Uniting International Mission, through its relief and development division Uniting Church Overseas Aid, has launched the UCOA Burma Cyclone Appeal. 

This has followed discussions between Kerry Enright, Director of Uniting Church Overseas Aid and Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Christian World Service, the International and Development arm of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).  

“For many years the Uniting Church has stood with the Burmese people and many refugees as they have suffered at the hands of, or fled the repressive military junta.  We commit ourselves anew to supporting them in this moment of need,” said Rev Gregor Henderson, President of the Uniting Church National Assembly. 

“As the doors of Burma open to aid agencies, the UCOA Burma Cyclone Appeal will be a central contributor to the efforts of partners through Christian World Service in responding with the compassion of Christ to a devastated nation.”  

Christian World Service will work with the Myanmar Council of Churches which has a fine record in delivering emergency aid and longer-term rehabilitation assistance to people and communities hit by natural disasters.

The Director of Uniting Church Overseas Aid, Kerry Enright has also urged members of the Uniting Church to pray for the leadership and members of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar, the Methodist Church (Upper Myanmar), the Methodist Church (Lower Myanmar) and the Myanmar Council of Churches. Contact has been made with the leadership to express our solidarity at this time of devastation.

People wishing to make a donation to the UCOA Burma Cyclone Appeal can do so by visiting www.overseasaid.org. Gifts of $2 and more are tax deductible.

Donations can also be posted to:

PO Box A2266 Sydney South NSW 1235
P: 1800 998 122
F: 03 9262 7936
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MEDIA INQUIRIES: Robert Lutton, Communications and Fundraising Manager, 02 8627 4223 /0433 470 387.