By PETER CATON
NINE of the 16 members of the Uki branch of the Red Cross are aged over 80, but they are all determined to do what they can to raise funds for the victims of the Asian tsunamis and earthquake.
"It's possibly the worst disaster in history. We've got to do all we can," said president Joy Armour who, along with others, has been delivering donation tins to the Uki General Store, post office and hotel.
The group also plans to serve morning and afternoon teas next weekend at an open-garden exhibition planned as a further fundraiser by keen local gardener Julie Hitchens at her Kyogle Road property.
"We are going to be doing the cups of tea and things and luckily we have some young helpers too," said Mrs Armour.
She said donation tins were already filling up yesterday, with local people keen to help the millions affected by the disaster around the Indian Ocean.
Mrs Armour said receipts for tax purposes would be sent to people who also left their names and addresses.
In Murwillumbah the Murwillumbah Quota Club, which normally raises funds to assist with speech and hearing and has provided equipment for schools, has decided to donate $500 to the tsunami appeals.
Spokesperson Diana Kennaugh said members felt the tsunami and earthquake disaster was a special case.
The Indian Sikh community centred in Murwillumbah is due to hold a meeting today of members of the Sikh Temple committee to consid- er efforts to assist those affected by the tsunamis on India's east coast.
Committee member and proprietor of the Murwillumbah IGA supermarket Manmohan Janda said his store was collecting for the Red Cross Appeal.
He said a lot of customers had been putting money into a special Red Cross tin set aside for the appeal at the store.
One lady had given $550 into the tin after being reassured The Red Cross would send her a receipt.
Mr Janda said whereas people usu- ally put twenty cents or so into the Salvation Army tin, many were putting $5 or $10 into the Red Cross tsunami appeal.
He said it was likely if the local Indian community established a special collection, they would give to one of the existing appeals.
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