Anglicans Launch Bushfire Appeal

Dec 09, 2002 08:50 PM EST

The Anglican church has launched an urgent appeal to provide assistance for victims of the NSW bushfire crisis.

More than 80 fires are burning across the state, with scores of houses threatened as fires ring the city's outer suburbs.

Sydney's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Jensen, said money collected would be distributed through local Anglican churches in Sydney, Wollongong and the Shoalhaven.

"Any families who have had their homes destroyed or substantially damaged are eligible for the immediate grant," he said.

"Emergency funds have been made available so that any family who has had its property destroyed or have been forced to evacuate their homes can visit any Anglican church and access the grant.

“Distribution will be managed by local Anglican ministers."

At the same time, emergency services volunteers from the church welfare agency Anglicare are helping people recover from the devastation of losing homes and belongings.

More than 500 Anglicare volunteers were working in Nowra on the NSW south coast and in Sydney's north, with teams in the city's southern and western suburbs on stand-by, Archbishop Jensen said.

Donations can be made by calling 1800 653 903 (NSW only) or 02 9895 8080 (from elsewhere, office hours, Monday to Friday).

By Albert H. Lee
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