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05 Jan 2005 description

The New Zealand public have now donated more than $3.2 million to the Red Cross South Asia Tsunami appeal.

"This is the most money ever raised from public donations to a New Zealand Red Cross emergency appeal," Operations Manager Andrew McKie said today. "It highlights how greatly this tragedy has touched New Zealanders and just how much people everywhere want to help."

New Zealand Red Cross gave $4.2 million following an appeal for the Rwanda crisis in 1995.

03 Jan 2005 description

A Kiwi Red Cross worker co-ordinating aid distributions in disaster-struck South Asia says New Zealanders donating to the Red Cross South Asia Tsunami appeal can be assured their money will be well-used.

New Zealand Red Cross delegate Douglas Clark is based at the South Asia Red Cross headquarters in Colombo, liasing with governments, the UN and other aid agencies to co-ordinate relief delivery in the region.

Speaking from Colombo today, Mr Clark says the generosity of New Zealanders has been staggering.