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Tuesday, February 10

NZ Red Cross Responds To Australian Bush Fire

In the wake of the devastating bushfires sweeping across parts of the Australian state of Victoria, New Zealand Red Cross is accepting donations on behalf of the Australian Red Cross.

The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund established to assist individuals and communities affected by the devastating fires has been launched by the Victorian Premier John Brumby in partnership with Australia Red Cross and the Federal Government.

People in New Zealand wishing to support the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund can do so by donating to New Zealand Red Cross. 100 percent of all donations made via New Zealand Red Cross will go directly to the fund.

Donations can be made by:

• visiting our website www.redcross.org.nz to make a secure online donation

• calling 0900 33 200 to make an automatic $20 donation

• sending a cheque to Australian Bushfire Appeal, Red Cross House, PO Box 12140, Thorndon, Wellington, 6144.

• making a donation at any New Zealand Red Cross service centre

According to official figures the bushfires have claimed 108 lives, destroyed at least 750 homes and left more than 330,000 hectares of land burnt out.

Approximately 400 Australian Red Cross volunteers have responded to the disaster and are working throughout Victoria registering the names of people affected, providing meals for emergency services and people in relief centres and delivering first aid to victims of the bushfires as well as emergency service personnel.

As part of the global Red Cross Restoring Family Links programme, people who can not establish contact with immediate relatives or who may be directly affected by the bushfires can email familylinks@redcross.org.nz or can contact their local New Zealand Red Cross office for assistance.

New Zealand Red Cross is not seeking volunteers to assist with the bushfires. The Australian Red Cross has asked that people do not make donations of goods. Cash donations are the most effective way to assist in disaster situations such as this.

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