The president of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), Stuart McMillan, has today 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. Residents across New South Wales are facing a massive clean-up while Tasmanians are experiencing the worst floods in 90 years.
“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,” said Stuart.
“The Uniting Church seeks to support people in need in such times of difficulty and to join with others at the heart of community recovery.”
“So I am today launching an appeal to encourage UCA members wherever they are to support our ministry in these places at this time of great need.”
National disaster recovery officer, Rev Dr Stephen Robinson, says it will be a long time before life gets back to normal.
“Many communities are just coming to terms with their losses, and recovery for many will be difficult and slow.
“There are many ways in which Uniting Church ministry agents and churches are involved even now, including disaster recovery chaplaincy and support programs.”
“Your donations will help the Uniting Church be alongside these communities at the time they most need our support,” said Stephen.
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.
Additional support for the relief efforts can be contributed through the Share Tasmania Flood Crisis Appeal www.shareappeal.org.au.