Donations flow for victims

BUNDABERG community members opened their hearts last week and donated more than a thousand items to help Samoan tsunami victims.

Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre manager Jayson Kokles said single mothers, grandparents and young children had been among those bringing in clothing, bedding and toys.

The gifts are destined for Samoans left with nothing after huge waves buffeted the southern coast of the island nation.

“It's quite astounding, the generosity shown by all sectors of the community,” Mr Kokles said.

“People say we're doing it tough, but even in these tough economic times we're still prepared to give.”

However, centre staff were presented are struggling to get the gear to those who need it most.

With no local charities sending donated goods to the island nation, they eventually found a Samoan church in Brisbane that has chartered a plane to deliver items to the devastated country.

Mr Kokles said a vehicle packed full of the Bundaberg donations would be heading to Brisbane on Friday.

“Unfortunately, because we can't fit any more in the Tarago, we're not taking any more donations,” he said.

And Bundaberg man Jason Misa, who last week could not locate some of his relatives living on the island, has managed to account for the whereabouts of his whole family.

The state government has launched a Premier's disaster relief appeal for tsunami-affected Samoa and Tonga, and earthquake-hit Sumatra.

Donations can be made at www.thepremier.qld.gov.au, by telephoning 1800 021 884, or at major banks.



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