By Brisbane, Australia Relief Team (Originally in English)
On the weekend of May 10, 2014, three of our Brisbane Association members traveled to northern Queensland to assist the local people who were still recovering from the impact of the previous month’s tropical cyclone Ita. Following Master’s loving instructions, our team helped to provide relief and comfort to those in need. Our Association members in Australia contributed AUD 7,290 for the relief effort with reimbursement available from Master as always.
In Cooktown, where 200 buildings were affected and 16 severely damaged or destroyed by the strong winds, we contributed AUD 3,500 from the relief fund to the community. According to the follow-up thank-you letter from the manager of the Cooktown Community Centre, the check was used to purchase a generator, a number of washing machines and Emergency Relief vouchers and bundles for families in need.
Financial assistance, along with Master’s publications and vegan food, was also given to various organizations and individuals. From the relief fund, we contributed AUD 750 to Yuku Baja Muliku, a local aboriginal environmental group, AUD 2,000 to the Mossman Community Centre, and an AUD 500 store voucher each to two individuals in Cairns who lost their possessions to Ita. Our relief team members were thankful to Master for Her compassionate inspiration and for the caring support from fellow Association members across Australia.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
for Cyclone Ita Relief Work in Australia
|Cash contribution to Cooktown Community Centre||3,500||A|
|Cash contribution to Mossman Community Centre||2,000||B|
|Cash contribution to Yuku Baja Muliku||750||C|
|Store vouchers for individuals in need||1,000||D|
|Total|| AUD 7,250
Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid AUD 750 for their own travel expenses and food.