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Council to donate $30,000 to support Lebanese people in Beirut

03/09/2020

Georges River Council will donate $30,000 to the Australian Red Cross appeal in support of the Lebanese people who suffered through the tragic explosion in Beirut on 5 August 2020.

Council observed one minute of silence at its meeting on 24 August 2020, to reflect on the hardships faced by the people of Beirut, where an explosion killed over 200 people, injured more than 6,000 people, and left nearly 300,000 people homeless.

Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene is encouraging Georges River residents to donate to the Red Cross, to assist with organisation with providing critical support to the people of Beirut.

“I express my deepest condolences and sympathies to the people of Beirut, who have endured immense suffering as a result of this tragedy,” said Mayor Greene.

“Council will be financially supporting the Red Cross’s Beirut Explosion Appeal, which will help Red Cross teams on the ground to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian support to those affected by the explosion.

“The eastern part of Beirut has been totally destroyed and hospitals have been badly damaged and are overwhelmed with the number of people needing help. Beirut needs our help, and I encourage all residents who are in a position to donate, to please do so.

“Your donation will go a long way in helping the people of Beirut, including support for critical emergency relief assistance like food, water, sanitation, shelter, health support and the rebuilding local infrastructure,” added Mayor Greene.

The decision was in response to a Notice of Motion put forward by Deputy Mayor Con Hindi, who expressed concern for the community in Beirut.

“I am moving a motion that Council donate $30,000 to the Australian Red Cross Appeal in support of the Lebanese people who have suffered through the tragic explosion in Beirut,” said Deputy Mayor Hindi.

“I would also like to move that Council encourages the local community to donate directly to the Lebanese Red Cross Appeal.

“Georges River Council, and the former Kogarah and Hurstville Councils, have always been renowned for their generosity when others are in need in Australia, but also throughout the world.

“I would like to send a special thank you to the Australian people, and the Australian government and the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who through the Australian Red Cross and other means has donated $5 million.

“I would also like to thank the NSW Government for projecting the Lebanese Cedar on the Opera House, which was shown in solidarity with Beirut,” added Deputy Mayor Hindi.

To donate to the Red Cross Beirut Explosion Appeal, visit https://www.redcross.org.au/beirut

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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