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PNG community unites to raise $60,000 for Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund

Tuesday March 24, 2009

Papua New Guinea Red Cross rallied local communities and established a fundraising effort that spread to towns and villages right across the country.

PNG Red Cross will today handover a cheque for more than $60,000 to help those affected by the Victorian bushfires.

Right across Papua New Guinea, Red Cross staff and volunteers washed cars, held sausage sizzles and wheelbarrow races, and organised a host of other efforts to raise money for those affected by the devastating bushfires in Victoria.

'We are proud to be supporting Australian Red Cross in its efforts to help people recover from this terrible disaster,' said Winston Jacob, Chairman of PNG Red Cross, who will today present the cheque to Australian Red Cross with Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Mr. Chris Moriatis.

Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner will be on hand to accept the cheque and express his gratitude for this remarkable effort.

'Our colleagues from Papua New Guinea have made an incredibly generous contribution,' said Mr Tickner. 'If any donation proves that the power of humanity is universal this is the one.'

'To have such a generous donation come from a developing nation with its own huge life and death challenges every day of the week is quite remarkable,' he continued.

'I hope that all Australians realise the critical conditions which exist in so many of our nearest neighbours such as PNG and how generous their contribution to us is in the circumstances.'