Cash is best as Pacific neighbours assess damage of Cyclone Winston

23 Feb, 2016

Australian aid organisations are providing on-the-ground support for the people of Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston, one of the most severe tropical cyclones to ever hit the South Pacific, says the peak body for Australia’s international development and humanitarian sector.

“We welcome the Australian Government’s announcement of an initial AUD $5 million to support the people affected by this crisis and will work closely with the Government to ensure the people of Fiji are receiving the assistance they need to respond to this emergency,” said Ms Joanna Pradela, ACFID Head of Policy.

“We know that the Australian community are extremely generous in times of crisis and will want to do what they can to help the people of Fiji,” continued Ms Pradela.
“While concerned Australians and Australian companies may be keen to donate goods like clothing, food, water or machinery, we strongly encourage members of the public looking to support the relief efforts to donate cash to a reputable charitable organisation,” said Ms Pradela.

“Sending goods overseas is often costly, complex and can have unintended consequences. Cash donations ensure that those affected by crises receive the support they need, in a culturally and contextually appropriate way, and supports healthy recovery of local markets,” commented Ms Pradela.

“ACFID members are signatories to the ACFID Code of Conduct that commits them to standards of good practice, transparency and accountability and has a public complaints mechanism. By donating to an ACFID member organisation, Australians can be assured that their donations are meeting identified needs and supporting effective recovery,” confirmed Ms Pradela.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known with assessments of the outer islands still to be completed. To see a list of Australian organisations running appeals please click here

Media Contact: Megan Williams, 0431 246 098

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