#FijiAppeal raises almost $1.5 million for humanitarian effort

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from Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Published on 07 Mar 2016 View Original

The ABC has helped raise $1,430,829 in partnership with the Australian Red Cross to assist and rebuild communities in Fiji devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston last month. On Friday, March 4 the ABC dedicated its broadcasting to the appeal and encouraged its audiences to help with the recovery effort.

The Red Cross has advised the final appeal tally of $1,430,829 includes a $200,000 pledge from Gandel Philanthropy made to encourage others to donate. While the appeal will no longer be tallied, donations can continue to be made to the Australian Red Cross or 18 other agencies at www.abc.net.au/appeals.

The funds raised will directly assist Red Cross and other agencies on the ground in Fiji where TC Winston, one of the worst cyclones on recorded in the region, has displaced 350,000 people and left 43 dead. While initial aid has focussed on food, water, medical supplies and shelter the damage has been estimated at almost half a billion US dollars.

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said the fundraising effort was a clear sign of Australian audience’s willingness to help overseas communities in their time of need.

“Just as we saw with similar fundraising efforts for Vanuatu, Pakistan, Nepal and Syria, Australians are always willing to step up and contribute to humanitarian efforts. The ABC has played a vital role here and I want to thank not just our audiences for contributing but our staff for getting the message out there.

“In particular I would like to personally thank John Gandel and Pauline Gandel from Gandel Philanthropy for their very generous donation.”

Donations can be still be made through the website, abc.net.au/appeals. The site also has information on how to donate to any of the more than a dozen agencies working in Fiji.

For more information Nick Leys Media Manager, Corporate Affairs 03 9626 1417 leys.nick@abc.net.au

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