On behalf of the Premier of Tasmania, I was honoured yesterday to announce a contribution of $5000 to Rotary’s National Fund Raising Appeal for Fiji Cyclone Relief in the wake of Cyclone Winston.
Cyclone Winston, a category five system, slammed into the islands of Fiji on 20 February, killing at least 43 people.
As many as 55 000 people are still sheltering in some of the hundreds of evacuation centres in Fiji.
In response to this natural disaster, Rotary Tasmania has taken a lead with other Rotary districts in setting up a National Fund Raising Appeal for Fiji Cyclone Relief.
Funds raised will be directed towards projects that assist in the recovery and rebuilding phase.
Tasmanians have a long history of pitching in to help others in need with the recent bushfires across the State being a case in point.
I commend John Dare, District Governor for Rotary Tasmania, and his colleagues for their initiative in setting this appeal up.
I encourage Tasmanians to dig deep and give generously to help those in need. Donations to the appeal can be made at http://www.rotary9830.org.au/district-info/emergency-relief/current-appeals/
Guy Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier