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Australian aid worker responds to Haiti quake: Save the Children launch Haiti earthquake emergency appeal

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Australian aid worker Ian Rodgers from Torquay near Melbourne is responding to the earthquake in Haiti, which has caused massive damage to property and loss of life in the capital Port-au-Prince.

"Children and their families have been forced from their homes and into an extremely stressful and dangerous environment," said Ian Rodgers, Senior Emergency Advisor for the Save the Children. "The priority now is to provide food, clean water, shelter and medical assistance to children and their families," he added.

Ian Rodgers has been involved in aid and development operations for several years. Formerly with Save the Children Australia in the Solomon Islands, Ian has worked in Haiti for two years training local communities how to reduce the life threatening effects of natural hazards such as earthquakes.

Responding to the disaster, Save the Children Australia has launched an emergency appeal to assist tens of thousands of men, women and children affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

An estimated 1.8 million residents were violently shaken by the earthquake and aftershocks affecting the densely populated areas near Port-au-Prince.

Save the Children has worked in Haiti since 1985, primarily in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau region, providing health, education, protection and food security programs to vulnerable children.

To Donate to Save the Children's Haiti earthquake emergency appeal:

* Call 1800 76 00 11

* visit www.savethechildren.org.au to make a secure online donation

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Ian Rodgers call Ian Woolverton on 0437 355 096

Ian Woolverton
Media Manager
SAVE THE CHILDREN
Level 6, 250 Victoria Pde, East Melbourne, VIC, 3002
PO Box 340, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065
Direct +613 9938 2048
Mobile +61 437 355 096
Fax +613 9938 2088
Email ian.woolverton@savethechildren.org.au