Star readers give $116,503 to appeal



TSUNAMI appeal coordinator for The Northern Star, Paige Gourley, is not surprised by the generosity of the people of our region.

"The compassion in this area is amazing," she said.

"People are just so giving."

At close of business yesterday, Northern Star readers had donated a total of $116,503 to the APN Tsunami Appeal.

The APN appeal, which was launched soon after the disaster hit Asia on Boxing Day, has surpassed its $1 million target by almost $200,000.

Ms Gourley said that while yesterday was the last day of the appeal, The Northern Star would continue to accept money pledged over the phone.

She said the appeal had kept The Star's staff extremely busy.

"Pensioners especially are a bunch of angels," she said.

"Some rang and pledged their whole pension cheques."

Ms Gourley also praised the 13 volunteers who helped over the long weekend, staff on the front counters and the girls in the classifieds call centre.

APN will soon present a cheque to Care Australia to directly help victims in Sri Lanka. As further funds are collected from pledges made, they will be also passed on to Care.



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