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Rotarians are being encouraged to help Australia recover from the devastating bush fires by supporting a Rotary district appeal:

The President of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) has expressed his sadness at the recent bushfires in Australia. The blazes, which have largely affected the south east, have destroyed acres of land and forced many from their homes.

RIBI President John Minhinick is a regular visitor to Australia to visit family and has also been in direct contact with the district governor to the impacted area: “I am very aware of the annual threat from summer fires and have seen the devastation that results. The safety measures are particularly well organised and enforced but such extreme weather, as recently experienced, has led to many catastrophic blazes.

“The recent fires in Tasmania and SE Australia, as seen on the news broadcasts, have resulted much destruction of property including close to 100 properties in one small township in Tasmania.

“I have been in touch with the local District Governor James Wilcox, D9830. He has advised that the district has set up a Tasmanian Bush Fire Appeal and my recommendation is to support that appeal rather than start a separate RIBI appeal. I am assured by DG James that the plans for using the funds collected are entirely in line with RIBI’s philosophy for such natural disasters. Rotarians may also have contacts in some of the mainland areas, also affected by fires, and may choose to support their local appeals. Please visit the appeal website Rotary Tasmania for more details.”

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