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$200,000 to Haiti relief effort

The Tasmanian Government will provide up to $200,000 to the relief efforts of the Haiti earthquake disaster.

Tasmanians have all been moved by the images of the aftermath in Haiti, the unimaginable number of lives lost and the trauma suffered by those who survived.

Although Tasmania may be half a world away that doesn’t stop us from being able to help. 

That is why the Government has decided to match on a dollar-for-dollar basis cash contributions made to Lions, Rotary and Apex clubs in Tasmania specifically for the Haiti relief.

This follows the highly successful relationship with these clubs in support of the Victorian bushfires. By partnering with service clubs we can ensure that funds will be going directly into programs on the ground in Haiti.

All of these organisations have sister clubs that already have a presence within this region.

“Service clubs are the heart of our local communities so it is very appropriate we involve them in our response,” Mr Bartlett said.

The Tasmanian Government will match donations up until the 5th March 2010, with the total contribution from the Government capped at $200,000.

The Premier encourages organisations to take up this challenge as we all join together to help out those affected during this most extraordinary crisis.

The State Government welcomes the support of other organisations as well as the corporate sector and encourages them to contact their local service club to ensure their efforts are included in the program.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet will coordinate the Government’s effort.