Ben raises $800 for APN tsunami appeal
By LEONIE BRANN
HELP the victims of Asia, that was the simple message when Summerland House With No Steps employee Ben Muldoon began an appeal to raise funds to help victims of the Boxing Day tsunami.
Ben put out a collection tin at the Summerland House restaurant last Tuesday and, up to yesterday, $807 had been donated by diners and visitors.
All money donated will go towards The Northern Star's APN Tsunami Relief Appeal, to aid CARE Australia in helping Sri Lankin victims of the disaster.
Ben, and a group of other staff at Summerland House, took part in a group holiday to Thailand nearly 10 years ago. He said the memories of that trip had been freshened by the disaster and were the reason for the appeal.
"Some of us had a picnic on Phi Phi island, and it was one of the most beautiful things we had seen," Ben said.
"But now the news says that has all been destroyed."
Regional general manager-Summerland region, Brett Lacey, supported the collection.
"I think it is ironic that Ben, a person with his own difficulties, is organising this collection. It says a lot that the people who have little themselves will do all they can to help those who have less," he said.