Youth off the Streets co-ordinator Father Chris Riley is calling on Australians to donate unwanted tents and camping gear for tsunami victims in Aceh.
Fr Riley has gone to Aceh to set up a tent orphanage for the hundreds of children left homeless as a result of the disaster.
In Dubbo, Great Outdoors camping store owner Tony Dunn is co-ordinating the appeal, calling on residents to donate unwanted tents and camping gear for the Acehnese children.
“Fr Riley has asked for tents, stretchers, airbeds and sleeping bags as his most-needed items,” Mr Dunn said.
“However he also needs basic camping items such as gas stoves, cookware, enamel cups, plates, cutlery and cooking utensils.
“Basically if you have any unwanted camping gear bring it in, we’ll sort through it and determine its usefulness.”
Doug Pilon Transport has offered to transport the goods to Sydney free of charge, where they will be loaded into containers and sent to Fr Riley in Aceh.
Mr Dunn said Dubbo residents could tune into A Current Affair for an update on events in Aceh.
“A Current Affair has sent a film crew to Aceh to report on Fr Riley’s work,” he said.
“From what I’ve been told there are a lot of kids who have been orphaned as a result of the tsunami and their basic need at this time is shelter and protective care.
“Fr Riley and his people are providing that, and I encourage anyone who has any camping gear to bring it in to help these children.”
Pilon’s truck leaves for Sydney on Wednesday, so donations of goods will have to be delivered to the Great Outdoors store on the corner of Erskine and Darling Street by Tuesday. For details call the Great Outdoors on 6882 0233.
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