I have today distributed the following letter:
Dear brothers and sisters,
I am sorry to greet you in the New Year at this sad time of the tragic bushfires in Tasmania. However, I write in response to some of you who have contacted me regarding the possibility of financially supporting the parishes affected.
We have decided to provide an opportunity to contribute to relief for bushfire victims through the Tasmanian Anglican Bushfire Appeal.
We would be very grateful to receive financial donations, which are tax deductible. Funds will be distributed on the ground through local parishes affected by the fires to support those in real need.
You may donate by any of the following means:
1) Direct deposit into the bank account for Anglican Health and Welfare
Account Number: 10720017
Reference: Bushfire (plus surname)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know of your donation, including your name and address, so that a tax-deductible receipt can be sent to you.
2) Cheque made out to Anglican Health and Welfare and sent to GPO Box 748, Hobart TAS 7001. Be sure to include your name and address so that a tax-deductible receipt can be sent to you.
3) Cash donations at the Diocesan office, Level 1, Church House, 125 Macquarie Street, Hobart between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
4) Online credit card donations can be made through our Anglicare website: http://www.anglicare-tas.org.au/BeInvolved/Donate.aspx . Alternatively call Anglicare on 1800 243 232 to make a credit card donation by telephone. A receipt for tax deductible donations will be mailed out if the caller leaves their mailing address.
Thanking you for your prayers and support in this sometimes tragic world.