CLOTHING DRIVE: Rececca Monti at the Ballina Fair drop-off point for donated clothing yesterday
CLOTHING DRIVE: Rececca Monti at the Ballina Fair drop-off point for donated clothing yesterday

Clothes crisis spurs teenager into action

By ALEX EASTON

THE simplest of complaints spurred Bagotville teenager Rebecca Monti into a campaign to help Sri Lankan tsunami victims.

"I saw a woman on TV saying they had been wearing the same clothes for 12 days," Rebecca, 16, said.

Today, Rebecca launches a clothes appeal for Sri Lankan survivors of the tsunami, particularly women and children, with collection points at Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle and Casino.

The clothes will be shipped by CountryLink to Epping, where a member of the Sri Lankan YMCA will take them to Sri Lanka for distribution.

"It just didn't feel right to sit here and do nothing when there's other people that need help," Rebecca said.

"I just woke up one morning and decided to do it. I've never done anything like it."

That barely slowed her.

In the space of a few days, Rebecca has arranged for drop-off points at four different centres, arranged for transport to get the clothes to Sydney and for someone to take them to Sri Lanka.

Rebecca is also planning to run a second appeal after the school returns on January 28.

"There will be more people at home to help with it," she said.

"Everyone's away on holidays at the moment."

Clothes can be dropped off at Ballina Fair from 9am to 5pm today, and between 9am and 4pm on Saturday; behind the Lismore City Council's Oliver Avenue chambers tomorrow, between 10am and 3pm; and at Richmond Valley Council's Casino offices and at Kyogle Trophies during during business hours until Friday.



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