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Australian Buddhist Relief appeal for Burma Cyclone Victims Relief

by Venerable Thich Quang Ba, The Buddhist Channel, May 9, 2008

Urgent help NEEDED NOW for millions of Burmese Cyclone Victims

Canberra, Australia -- Established in 1985 by Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre, a national peak, socially-engaged Dhamma group, AUSTRALIAN BUDDHIST RELIEF (ABR) has in the past 24 years been raising over one million dollars then distributing to tens, if not hundreds, of thousands people around the world, including Indochinese refugees in SE Asia then their resettlements to Australia during the 80s and 90s, thousands of natural disasters’ victims in India, Turkey, PNG, Caribbean America, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, where we particularly help to relieving enormous physical/economic suffering of hundreds of thousands of hungers, sickness, prisoners,  oppressed and eye-impaired poor farmers, so on.

We NOW send this URGENT appeal to our supporters, in Australia and world-wide, to made their own way helping millions of Burma cyclone victims, either via a local international-NGO (AUSTCARE via 1300 66 66 72 & https://www.austcare.org.au/donatenow/appeals/myanmar.aspx , or another good-named NGO. But common sense tells us to avoid sending our relief gift thru a corrupted government or its official agents.

In case of Burma this time, may I suggest you try to send your personal/group gift, using your local Western Union services to one of the well-known Sangha (monks) living in Yangon/Burma.

May I introduce my senior colleague, known to me for the last 4-5 years thru a series of international Buddhist conferences, the famous and respectable Burmese monk namely Most Venerable Ashin Nyanissara Sayadaw [you Google his profile or check his works at http://www.dhammaweb.net/nyanissara.html].  He is Chancellor of the well-known Sitagu International Buddhist Academy [http://www.sitagu.org/burma/ located at Thegon Sayadaw, Sitagu Vihra, Sagaing Hills, Sagaing City, Union of Myanmar, Phone - +95-72-21270] and also the  Founding Director of the charitable hospital, named Sitagu Ayudna Hospital [Phone - +95-72-21310, Fax - +95-72-21587].

He was just spending 2 weeks for Dhamma teachings in Australia, hadvisited us at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre Canberra on 28-29/4 and just left Sydney for Myanmar on 7/5/08. You now can access him directly via mobile no. +95-9-519 9991 or via his email sitagu01@mandalay.net.mm.

If you, Australians only please, seriously prefer to send thru my Australian Buddhist Relief (ABR), please made your direct deposit / internet transfer to ABR, Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062904, A/c 1004-7440. We may cease to receiving your gift on 30/6/2008, for publicizing the collections and reporting its transfers to Myanmar thru public media and some community language newspapers. We may also send detailed report for publicity on  www.quangduc.com and other friendly Buddhist websites.

All generous donors please email me at quangba@tpg.com.au, or mail to PO box 1004 Dickson ACT 2602 your (also for your cheque /money order to be mailed) correct evidence of your deposit / transfer, then a ABR official Receipt can be issued. Cash can be drop at our Canberra Monastery, address above, or our Sydney branch Monastery at 155 The Boulevarde, Fairfield Heights NSW 2165.

By the meanwhile, please join us in Canberra to pray for 100,000+ dead, on Sun 18.5.08, 10am.

May the Triple Gems bless you and all family members for an ever happy and peaceful life.

Yours in the Dhamma.

(Most Venerable) Thích Qung Ba
Contact 0412-224-553 or quangba@tpg.com.au
Founding Abbot, Van Hanh Monastery Canberra &
Managing Director, Australian Buddhist Relief.

For more information, please contact:
The United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of Canberra & Surrounding Districts, Inc. [ABN 20 648 948 015]
Office: Van Hanh Monastery, 32 Archibald St, Lyneham ACT 2602 Australia
Postal Address: PO box 1004 Dickson ACT 2602 Australia; Email: quangba@tpg.com.au
Tel (02) Monastics: 6257 5517; Office: 6257 5280; Fax 6257 7733; Mob. 0412-224 553

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Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Fast Facts

Toll as at May 9, 2008

Dead (official)
Missing (official) 41,054
Dead (US estimate) 100,000 plus
Homeless (UN estimate) 1 million- plus

International contributors

$10 million
$3 million
UNITED STATES $3 million
AUSTRALIA $2.8 million
$2 million in aid.
CANADA $2 million
INDONESIA $1 million
SPAIN $775,000
GERMANY $775,000
CHINA $500,000
FRANCE $320,000
GREECE $300,000
JAPAN $267,570
THAILAND $100,000
$2.1 million
SRI LANKA $25,000

Thank you for your support!
Donations received
Jan 1 - Mar 12, 2008



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