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Caritas Australia Tsunami Appeal now at $8m

The Caritas Australia Asia Earthquake Appeal topped $8 million yesterday. National Director Jack de Groot said the Catholic relief agency had been overwhelmed by the deep compassion shown by the Australian community.

Mr de Groot said, "Caritas has received unprecedented levels of support to assist those whose lives have been devastated and who are now facing the full implications of their tragedy."

He said the agency "is committed to working with the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami for many years to come." The key areas of emergency work being undertaken included health assistance, providing shelter, identification of missing people, prevention of disease and performing mass burials and funerals for the dead.

The media release linked below provides more detail of particular projects being assisted by Caritas and other Catholic relief agency partners in the wake of the Tsunami. It is estimated that the overall program being supported by Caritas in Indonesia will be $5 million.

The BBC is reporting as we go to press that the total death toll for the Tsunami has been revised upwards to more than 220,000 people. This is some 50,000 higher than the previous best estimates.

Caritas Australia Asia Earthquake Appeal tops $8 million (Caritas 19/1/05)

Australia remembers tsunami victims (CathNews 17/1/05)
Australians to remember tsunami victims (CathNews 14/1/05)
Inter-faith prayer for tsunami victims in Phuket (CathNews 7/1/05
Stronger faith builds in the wake of disaster (CathNews 6/1/05)
Australian Church sends prayers and support to tsunami victims (CathNews 4/1/05)

Clerics warn against blaming God (The Australian 17/1/05)
Finding comfort in the prayers of others (Sydney Morning Herald 17/1/05)
Silence and prayer for those who died (The Age 17/1/05)
Sri Lankan Community Mass, Chatswood tribute to victims (Catholic Weekly 16/1/05)
Compassion on show at SA services (ABC News 16/1/05)
Brisbane mourners hope good will come of tsunami (ABC News 16/1/05)
Concerts, church services for tsunami victims (ABC News 16/1/05)
Victorians reflect on tsunami disaster (ABC News 16/1/05)
Catholic Priest Killed in Indonesia (Zenit 14/1/05)
Vatican invites Tsunami victims to solemn Mass (Catholic News Agency 14/1/05)
Tsunami relief: (Canadian) Catholic parishes raise at least $7 million in special national collection (Catholic News Agency 14/1/05)
Cardinal Rigali urges (US) government to allow Indonesians facing deportation to stay (Catholic News Agency 14/1/05)
US cardinal impressed by Sri Lankan resilience (Catholic News Agency 14/1/05)
Scottish Catholics raise over a million for tsunami survivors (Independent Catholic News 14/1/05)
Caritas Collects $63 Million to Aid South East Asia (Zenit 14/1/05)

20 Jan 2005