Monday, 19 March 2018

Support Needed After Natural Disaster

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The Uniting Church in Australia President Stuart McMillan has asked Church members to give generously to communities affected by cyclone and bushfires.

“Please join me in prayer for those in affected communities as they come to terms with rebuilding their lives and homes,” said President McMillan.

“I ask all Uniting Church members to support our appeals as they can, which go to support ministry in disaster-affected communities."

Tropical Cyclone Marcus brought down trees and powerlines across the city when it struck Darwin on Sunday 18 March.

Forecasters described the category-two cyclone as the strongest to hit Darwin in 30 years.

TC Marcus was downgraded to a category one after moving across the Kimberley in WA and into the ocean.

Bushfires have destroyed homes and buildings in the NSW south coast town of Tathra and Terang in Victoria’s south-west.

In Tathra, more than 200 residents had to flee their homes to the evacuation centre in Bega.

The Assembly’s National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson heads up the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Networks says chaplains have been deployed into the affected area to provide vital support on the ground.

“We will have an ongoing presence in chaplaincy as long as the evacuation and recovery centres are open,” said Rev. Dr Robinson.   

“We expect that police will be letting people know which houses have been destroyed and our chaplains will play a part in supporting them in this process.”

Your donation to the National Disaster Relief Fund will fund disaster recovery chaplaincy and support programs to help families rebuild their lives and homes.