Uniting Church launches Tasmanian flood appeal

launceston floodsThe Presbytery of Tasmania has donated $20,000 to launch a Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Share Tasmania Flood Crisis Appeal.

The floods have been declared a national disaster with one life lost and two people still missing.

Rural communities have been particularly affected and stock losses are expected to run into the thousands.

Tax deductible donations will support UnitingCare Tasmania’s work on the ground providing direct relief to victims, many of whom have lost everything. The relief efforts of local congregations, which will be determined when particular needs are ascertained, can also be supported. (Please note donations for this work are not tax deductible).

Synod Liaison Minister Rev Carol Bennett said the Church had been touched by the devastation and tragic loss of life caused by the flooding throughout the last week.

Speaking at the Synod meeting in Melbourne earlier this week, moderator Rev Sharon Hollis urged members to pray for the affected communities and those assisting on the ground.

Donation flyers will be distributed to congregations throughout the Synod of Victoria and

Tasmania next week and donations can be made online through the Share Tasmania Flood Crisis Appeal or calling 1800 668 426.

Support for the relief efforts through Share can also be done by sending a cheque or money order to:

Share Tasmania Flood Crisis Appeal
PO Box 24154
MELBOURNE VIC 3001

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has also launched a national appeal to assist communities hit by recent storms.

An intense low pressure system off Australia’s east coast has led to a number of deaths and widespread damage to property.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones. We grieve with the families and friends and pray for the safety of all,” Mr McMillan said.

National Disaster Recovery officer Rev Dr Stephen Robinson said donations would help the Uniting Church be alongside these communities at the time they most need our support.

Contributions to the President’s Storm Relief Appeal can be made on the Assembly website through the National Disaster Relief Fund http://assembly.uca.org.au/donate. Donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

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