RI students in Australia gather donations for Mentawai, Merapi victims

Suherdjoko, The Jakarta Post, Wollongong, Australia | Sat, 11/06/2010 12:01 PM | National

Groups of Indonesian students in Wollongong and Brisbane, Australia have collected donations to be delivered to victims and families of victims in Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra and Mount Merapi, which borders Yogyakarta and Central Java.

Lukman Noerochim, chief of the Association of Indonesian Students in Australia for Wollongong University, said that the charity act had been conducted since Monday.

“We managed to collect AUS$2,560 so far and will directly send them to the Indonesian Red Cross to be delivered to disaster sites,” Lukman told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Aulia Akbar, president of University of Queensland Indonesian Student Association, said his group would also hold fund raisings on Nov. 12 and 19.

An earthquake of 7.2-magnitude on the Richter scale on Oct. 25 killed at least 400 people. Meanwhile, a series of eruption at Mount Merapi since Oct. 26 have claimed more than 100 lives so far.


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