Archbishop launches emergency appeal to help victims of Sydney's fires The Most Revd Dr Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney, has today launched an emergency appeal to raise funds for the victims of the bush fires ravaging Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast.
As thousands of local residents continue to be evacuated from their homes and the damage to properties and lives worsens, the Archbishop is calling on all Australians to show compassion and generosity in their response to the disaster.
'It is in the face of the most uncompromising turmoil and despair that the Australian spirit truly shines,' Archbishop Jensen said.
'Time and time again our community has united when all hope appears lost. Today, we are again confronted by such a disaster and I now call on the generosity of all Australians to help those affected through this difficult time.'
Funds raised from the appeal will go directly to providing practical assistance and support to those who have lost their homes or have been forced to evacuate their properties. Donations can be made immediately ringing 1800 653 903 or by visiting any WESTPAC branch and depositing a cash donation to the:
Archbishop of Sydney's Disaster Relief Fund,
Account Number 10-2497.
Cheques can also be posted to PO Box 1416, Parramatta NSW 2124.
The Sydney Diocese, through its welfare arm ANGLICARE, has been at the forefront of the relief operation since the State Government activated the NSW Disaster Plan earlier this week.
'Teams of trained volunteers from ANGLICARE's Emergency Services are currently working in a support role alongside other members of the NSW Disaster Welfare Agencies. They are providing care to victims of the fires and assisting in the evacuations in Blue Mountains and Glenmore Park, Wollongong, Nowra, the Macarthur and South East Sydney,' stated Rev'd Canon Howard Dillon, Executive Director of ANGLICARE NSW.