Donation lifts APN appeal tally to $112,528



TURSA boss Ron Rathborne and his team have donated $10,000 to The Northern Star's APN Tsunami Relief Appeal, pushing the total donated by the Northern Rivers residents over $110,000.

The Lismore Tursa Employment and Training general manager said he had approached their industry association, the National Employment Services Association, in the week after the disaster to organise a significant donation.

"They were taking a while to get organised, so we decided to give to the local appeal and help get the figure over $100,000," he said.

"Everyone has been moved by the disaster. Australia's response to our nearby neighbours is really impressive."

Yesterday, Northern Star readers donated $12,835, boosting the appeal's local running total to $112,528.

Other large donations yesterday were made by staff of the Commonwealth Bank Business Banking Centre, Lismore, $500; the Rock Valley Hall Committee, $500; Knockrow Macadamia Castle, $500; LJ Hooker Evans Head, $500.

By yesterday afternoon, the total amount raised by the APN News and Media network had reached $1,125,648, beating the $1-million target the group hoped to raise for CARE Aust- ralia to provide relief for the people of Sri Lanka affected by the devastating tsunami.

Of all the regions covered by APN, from Coffs Harbour to Mackay, and inland to outer metropolitan Brisbane, the Northern Rivers is the fourth most generous contributor to the appeal.

The Sunshine Coast is the biggest donor to the appeal.



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