Council provides boost to Fiji disaster relief appeal
Published: 1 March 2016
Logan City Council will donate $10,000 to the Red Cross disaster relief appeal for Fiji, after severe tropical cyclone Winston devastated most of the country.
City of Logan Mayor, Pam Parker appealed to other councils to consider donating to the victims of the Fiji cyclone, noting Queensland had received its fair share of aid to help it recover from its ‘summer of sorrow’ in 2011.
“I call on other councils to show some compassion in Fiji’s time of need,” she said.
“Fiji is a small country which has been widely devastated by one of the most severe tropical cyclones ever recorded.
“The government and people don’t have the resources to recover or rebuild without outside assistance – about 35,000 people are now living in evacuation centres.
“There is an immediate need for the basics such as food, water, sanitation and shelter.”
Mayor Parker said there were strong links between the City of Logan and the people of Pacific nations.
“Logan has a strong pacific islander community, with more than 1000 people born in Fiji now living here,” she said.
“Many people within Logan, as well as staff here at Council, are doing what they can to help – taking up collections and fundraising to contribute to the appeal.”
The Australian Red Cross will use the funding for emergency relief and initial reconstruction to provide basic amenities.
Donations to the appeal can be made by calling 1800 811 700 or at Westpac Bank branches which are accepting over-the-counter donations.
Donations of $2 and more are tax deductible.