LET?S DIG DEEP
By ALEX EASTON, LEONIE BRANN and ADAM HICKS
AARAN BOW had no money to donate to the survivors of the tsunami, so he turned to his neighbours for help.
Armed with only a bucket and a desire to help, the 15-year-old South Lismore resident spent yesterday afternoon collecting $147.10 for the The Northern Star's APN News and Media Tsunami Appeal.
That effort contributed to a $39,562 Northern Rivers total for the appeal, collected over only three days and forming part of the $439,324 collected by The Northern Star's sister newspapers in the APN group.
The appeal aims to raise $1 million by the end of the week for CARE Australia's efforts to help the people of Sri Lanka.
Nearly 150,000 people are believed to have been killed by the tsunami, the worst in recorded history, and another five million have been left homeless.
The Northern Rivers has rallied behind the survivors, donating thousands of dollars.
Yesterday alone the region chipped in more than $16,000 for The Northern Star appeal, including an anonymous $10,000 donation from a local business.
That donation follows a challenge by local company, the Hurford Group, published in yesterday's newspaper, for businesses to dig deep to support the appeal after it donated $10,000.
In Casino Street, South Lismore, Aaran Bow met the challenge in his own way ? with a bucket and the goodwill of his neighbours.
"I knew I couldn't donate any money myself, so I thought I could get some money from the community to donate," Aaran said.
"It worked really well when we did it for Red Cross Calling last year.
"Around here there are some older people who don't get out very often, so I collected their donations for them."
The Richmond River High School student said he did it out of compassion for those who were suffering after the tsunami.