Australian organisations in Hong Kong are mobilising to generate much-needed aid to help victims of the disastrous flooding in the state of Queensland.
The Australian consulate in Hong Kong confirmed that organisations in the city such as AustCham, the Australian Association, Australian Chinese Association, CPA Australia and others have already begun raising funds for the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.
There is also a focus on fund-raising under the banner of Support Australia, a grouping of these Australian community organisations. Full details can be found at the website www.hongkong.china.embassy.gov.au .
'It is heartening to see how Australians and other Hong Kong residents are showing their support for victims of this terrible natural disaster,' Les Luck, Australian consul-general for Hong Kong, said.
'It's estimated that more than 65,000 Australians now live and work in Hong Kong and more than 80,000 people of Hong Kong origin live in Australia. So there will be many personal connections to people affected by the floods.'
The Australian Association of Hong Kong has also planned fund-raising activities and has already set up ways to donate money. Cheques should be made payable to the Australian Association of Hong Kong Ltd - mark on the back that it is a donation for Queensland Flood Relief - and posted to their address: Room 306, 3/F Tesbury Centre, 28 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai.
The association will have a collection taken on Australia Day at the Races on January 26 at Happy Valley, and will be working with the Support Australia organisations to host a fund-raising event early next month after Lunar New Year.
Details of this event will soon be published on the association's website, which is www.ozhongkong.com , or they can be contacted by telephone on 2530 4461.
All other financial donations can be made directly via www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html .