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Australian Red Cross launches Bushfires Appeal

Wednesday December 13, 2006

Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal to support those affected by the fires raging along the East Coast of Tasmania.

With the support of the Break O' Day Council and the Tasmanian government, the Bushfires Appeal will collect financial donations only. Break O' Day Council is accepting donations of food and clothing.

'The first priority for this Appeal will be to assist families, small business and communities directly affected by bushfires,' said Dr Ian Burke, Executive Director of Australian Red Cross, Tasmania.

'Once these needs have been met, any additional funds may be used for ongoing fire protection facilities' he said.

People can donate by ringing 1800 811 700, going to any Australian Red Cross regional office in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, or by visiting our website at

Donations can also be made through any branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and at Service Tasmania centres across the state.

The funds raised will be distributed through an independent committee which will involve community input.

Money collected for Tasmania will be spent in Tasmania, however the appeal may be broadened to assist other communities in Australia if the need arises. If this occurs, donors will be given the option to donate to the state or territory of their choice.

Australian Red Cross is committed to transparency and public accountability for all funds raised and distributed. Australian Red Cross will deduct no more than 10% of any donation for this appeal to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the needs of communities affected, Australian Red Cross will use any excess funds to assist in future disasters in Australia. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.