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Anzac spirit can help quench fires of grief, sorrow


Like most Kiwis I have felt helpless as I have watched on TV the devastating effect of the bushfires in Australia on its people.

Jess and I were on holiday in Adelaide a few weeks ago as the fires started in south Australia. As a Kiwi all I could do at the time was give a donation.

Besides praying, I have also wanted to provide some form of practical help for the bushfire survivors. I've been in touch with our District Commander of fire and emergency Charlie Turei and Red Cross Tairawhiti/Gisborne community activator Te Ao Mihiata Paenga-Morgan and both have said that the best expression of support members of the community/Kiwis can give is by donating financially.

Red Cross Australia has already set up a direct link where people can make financial donations for the bushfire survivors. This ensures the money goes direct to those who need it the most.

Here is the link: www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate

We may be enemies on the rugby field, but on the fields of conflict we are all whanau/family — which can be expressed by giving a little to help quench the fires of grief and sorrow for the bushfire survivors in Australia.

There is also another website for family members who have not been able to contact relatives in affected areas: https://register.redcross.org.au/

I know that there will be heaps of people like me in the community who want to know how they can help express some awhi to our Australian whanau. Hopefully, this donation website can help link our aroha with Australia.

Norm McLeod

Pastor, House of Breakthrough