Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Island - Please help

If you're in Australia, you're aware of the tragedy unfolding on Christmas Island.  If you here in America or elsewhere, you may not have heard the news.  A boat carrying about 90 asylum-seekers -- men, women and children of Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish origin -- slammed into the cliffs of Christmas Island last week and nearly half the passengers have been lost at sea.  The boat was thought to be piloted by human traffic smugglers.  The survivors have been taken to a detention center on the island.

One woman in Melbourne, Louisa, has started a movement to collect gifts for the children at the detention center.  Several companies have made contributions of toys and other gifts.  BHF Couriers has agreed to ship the goods at cost and she is trying to raise the funds to pay for the shipping:  AU $930. She is halfway there.  She has a paypal widget on her site.  If you are able to make a donation, even a small one, every little bit helps.

The gifts will go to the children in the detention center.  Some have been there for quite some time.  Some are the new arrivals from the shipwreck.  Many from both groups have lost family members in the tragedy.

Whether you can donate or not, please feel free to grab this widget and put it up on your site.  Let's all do what we can. xo



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11 comments:

  1. Terrible story! Thanks for helping to put it out there!

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  2. Putting the button on my blog now.

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  3. Grab code is now fixed, if anyone tried to copy it and was having issues. Thx!

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  4. Hey Kristin, have blogged today including all details above - thank so much for sharing your badge.
    Can you tell me how to include the box with the grab code underneath so that others can share? Or is it okay to have just linked back to your blog?
    Thanks!

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  5. Saw this on the news - my heart was in my mouth.

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  6. thanks for this post & the button Kristin. What an amazing day!

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  7. I think that it is amazing that no matter what the tragedy, you will always get somoneone who will help, one person can make a difference and we all could learn a lesson from that.

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  8. Merry Christmas, to you and your children, Kristin. My wish for you is peace, unmitigated joy and confidence. I'll raise one of my glasses in thought to you today. X

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  9. Merry Christmas Kristin, I hope 2011 brings you everything you wish for.

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