Vinnies to support areas worst hit by Larry

St Vincent de Paul Society will provide emergency support to those affected by the widespread destruction brought by Cyclone Larry on Monday to parts of the Queensland's far north.

According to emergency services there are approximately 100 people that remain in emergency shelters as the clean-up operation begins in Innisfail and other hard-hit communities.

Mr John Campbell, Queensland President of St Vincent de Paul Society said that his organisation has not been able to access the worst hit areas, "but as soon as emergency services clear the way we will be providing food, water, blankets and shelter to those in need."

"We have spoken with a local member of the Society in Innisfail who says currently there is a need for food in the short term so local Vinnies members are assisting with the distribution of this until we organise a coordinated effort," he said.

"Our key concern is the long term issues that will arise from this situation, many have been left homeless and will now need to rebuild their lives, Vinnies will be there to support them and offer material and financial assistance."

Meanwhile, Caritas Australia also expresses its concern and sympathy for those affected by the cyclone but appeals to those wishing to support the victims of the Cyclone with financial donations to contact the St Vincent de Paul Society.

"St Vincent de Paul is best equipped to respond to Australian disasters because of its national networks and organisational infrastructure which works at the local level to provide assistance, emergency relief and accommodation within Australia", a Caritas statement said.

St Vincent De Paul Society said they welcome donations. Their phone number for the Cyclone Larry Appeal is 131812.

Cyclone Larry is the strongest tropical storm to hit the country since Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

St Vincent de Paul Society to support worst hit areas (St Vincent de Paul Society 22/3/06)
Catholic Church responds after Cyclone Larry (Caritas Australia 21/3/06)

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St Vincent de Paul Society
Caritas Australia

Clean-up Operation Starts after Northeastern Australia Hit by Cyclone (Christian Today 21/3/06)
Church property destroyed as Larry lashes QLD (sydneyanglicans.net 21/3/06)

22 Mar 2006