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Earthquake appeal reaches $1m


Caritas Australia has raised more than $1 million for the Türkiye-Syria earthquake appeal.

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Since the devastating earthquake on February 6, Caritas Australia has been working with Caritas Syria and other Caritas agencies on the ground to support families who have lost their homes in the disaster. This includes providing them with food baskets, blankets, mattresses, drinking water and hygiene kits.

The fundraising milestone was reached only days after an additional 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Türkiye, and the combined death toll from the series of catastrophic earthquakes surpassed 50,000 people.

“We are deeply humbled by the generosity of our supporters, both the supporters who have been with us for a long time, and those who have just come on board when they saw the news about the earthquake,” said Kirsty Robertson, Caritas Australia’s CEO.

“Their extraordinary compassion in the face of the unthinkable trauma experienced in Türkiye and Syria has been incredible.

“Our supporters bring a light in the darkness to people when it is needed most. In times of catastrophe, our supporters stand by some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, and they send a message of love and compassion through their ongoing support. I am proud of the ongoing generosity of our supporters in these challenging times.”

“Our priority right now is to ensure that people stay warm and have access to hot meals and clean water,” said Sally Thomas, Caritas Australia’s humanitarian lead for the Middle East.

“People are still grieving or looking for their loved ones and we are trying to offer the kind of immediate support that will provide a tiny bit of comfort, but also keep people alive and well in the freezing winter conditions.”

Ms Thomas said donations would deliver immediate help and resources to those in need and aid them in rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.

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