Tsunami Advocate appeal tops $41,000

ANOTHER day into the APN Tsunami Relief Appeal, the people of the Coffs Coast continue to display their enormous generosity.

Close to 100 readers came into the Coffs Coast Advocate office yesterday to contribute a huge $13,392, bringing our total to $41,197 since the appeal began on Sunday.

Among the businesses that contributed to the amazing amount were Baringa Private Hospital, which donated $2000, and Everyday Living, which gave $500.

Baringa's general manager, Greg Jenke, said while Ramsay Health Care had already committed a large sum of money to help tsunami victims, he believed the hospital had a moral obligation to donate at a local level.

Along with people giving to the APN Tsunami Relief Appeal, many other residents, organisations and business houses have also been digging deep.

Bellingen Shire Council has given $5000 towards the aid drive.

The Bellingen Shire community have also planned a major fundraising event to coincide with the Bellingen Markets on January 15.

Victims of the tsunami are also in desperate need of a number of items that can be bought from any supermarket.

The latest items urgently needed are paracetamol, surgical gloves, bandages, saline solutions, plastic bowls and cups, dry foods such as powdered milk, can openers, sheets, towels and blankets.

People who want to donate these items should put them in a bag and drop them at 10 Cutter Drive, Diggers Beach, or to the Coffs Coast Advocate office. De- tails: Kath, 0422 987 737.

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