IN the wake of the Tsunami disaster the images and stories emerging in the wake of the tragedy have touched the lives of many ordinary Australians.
In the aftermath the horror and suffering is likely to continue for a long time to come and there is now the enormous task ahead of helping those who have lost everything re-build their shattered lives.
Aid agencies have been busy asking Australians to dig deep.
Judy Burrows from the Palm Beach/Currumbin branch of Australian Red Cross, who has been busy co-ordinating fundraising efforts in the Coolangatta area, said she had been overwhelmed by the generosity of the Australian public.
She said on New Year's Eve people had been queuing at the sole collection point in Griffith Street, Coolangatta to make donations, with $3,500 being raised in the one day.
Ms Burrows said in the last four days the tally had been boosted significantly and was now fast approaching $8000.