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Opening our hearts and wallets for tsunami victims.



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Duncan Kerr SC MP

MEDIA RELEASE

6 January 2005

OPENING OUR HEARTS AND WALLETS FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS

Tasmanians wanting to help victims of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami can now make donations at the electorate offices of federal Labor MPs, which will be acting as Red Cross donation collection points for the relief effort

Denison MHR, Duncan Kerr, said the overwhelming local response to the tragedy again demonstrated Tasmanians are among the most empathetic and generous Australians.

"The sheer scale of the devastation to lives and communities across a dozen countries, the unbearable sadness of this tragedy, have spurred Tasmanians to help in the only practical way they know ? by giving cash, Mr Kerr said.

Mr Kerr has made a personal donation of $1000 to the Red Cross Tsunami relief appeal, and urges all Tasmanians to give what they can.

"Many Tasmanians are on low incomes, and struggle to meet their own needs but still manage to find a way to give. It doesn?t matter if it?s five dollars or fifty, every dollar counts for those desperate people whose lives have been shattered by this disaster.

By donating money to the Red Cross local residents will be helping to:

• Fund the deployment of specialist delegates to the region to assist in the International Red Cross response;

• Support the relief and rehabilitation work of our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners through the global emergency appeal;

• Support an Australian Red Cross program of assistance in the affected area;

• Provide emergency assistance as well as longer-term support for the affected people in a range of areas such as shelter, food and non-food, water and sanitation and health.

"If you wish to donate to the relief effort, but prefer another aid agency, let my office know and we will provide you with the details of your preferred agency,? Mr Kerr said.