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Myanmar crisis: thanks to ABC and their audiences

Australian Red Cross has sent a wholehearted thankyou to the thousands of Australians who have generously donated via the ABC to help people caught up in the fastest-growing humanitarian crisis in the world.

“To all those who have donated to help the people fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, thank you for caring and acting,” said Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross.

“Your donation means more medicines for health clinics, staffing for our 60-bed field hospital, more water purification tablets to prevent kids dying of diarrhoea, more hygiene items for women and girls, more tarpaulins and tools to give families a safe, dry place to sleep at night.

“I’d also like to extend a massive thank you to the ABC for their support all last week of the joint appeal which has so far raised $992,059.00 for Red Cross efforts to help people in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

“The total raised will be matched by the Australian Government bringing the total to $1.984 million. The largest amount has come in the last week, during the ABC’s campaign, when $454,719.00 was generously donated by ABC audiences and we recognise yet another great collaboration at a time of crisis and need.”  

Ms Slatyer reminded people that the needs remain huge on both sides of the border.

“The government will continue to match donations to our joint appeal until December 9. Be assured the money will make a difference. We’ve already reached more than 380,000 people in Bangladesh and thousands more in Myanmar but the need keeps growing.

“Donations will provide more clean drinking water for families, as well as food and cash grants so people can buy the things they need to survive. You will help us send in more specialist aid workers who have been providing health care, improving access to safe drinking water and working sanitation as well as emergency shelter. And the money will also help Australian Red Cross continue our Restoring Family Links program that reconnects families who became separated as they fled.”

You can make a tax-deductible donation at redcross.org.au/myanmar or by calling 1800 811 700. Myanmar Crisis Appeal

Media enquiries: Susan Cullinan, 0448 326 335 or email scullinan@redcross.org.au.

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