National Australia Bank supports Burma Relief Effort

Monday, 12 May 2008

National Australia Bank (NAB) today announced that on behalf of CARE Australia, donations to support the Burma relief effort can be made in person at any of its 800 branches, or via internet banking for convenience.

“Cyclone Nargis has wrought destruction in Burma, and many hundreds of thousands of people need urgent help in the aftermath of the disaster. There is a desperate need for further aid to support the relief effort," said NAB Group Chief Executive Officer, John Stewart.

Donations to CARE Australia can be made at any NAB branch across Australia, or customers can transfer funds directly into the following account:

Account Name: Care Australia Project Fund – ref: ydr61 BSB: 082 902 Account Number: 47-660-2744

NAB has also made an initial donation of $200,000 to be shared between CARE Australia and World Vision in support of the emergency relief effort underway in Burma.

Background

World Vision: World Vision has been operating in Myanmar for 30 years and has 583 staff working in ongoing projects based in Myanmar. Many of these staff are now responding to the current crisis. Funds donated will be used to provide safe drinking water, food, sanitation, shelter and healthcare. In addition it will also enable the rebuilding of peoples livelihoods. Our response will encompass emergency relief, community rehabilitation, livelihood recovery, and infrastructure rehabilitation.

CARE Australia: CARE has distributed water supplies to approximately 10,000 people taking shelter in Pagodas and schools in Myanmar's South Dagon and Thaketa townships. Essential food items will be distributed today to both areas. CARE is preparing to scale up its response in the coming days and will be providing assistance to another 50,000 people in the Irrawaddy Delta, taking the total population they are assisting in the Delta to 250,000 people. CARE has been working in Myanmar/Burma for 14 years-mostly on food security, health programs, HIV/AIDS prevention and on water and sanitation. CARE has 500 staff members in Burma working on projects in 120 villages and towns across the country.

For further information contact: Felicity Glennie-Holmes T: 03 8641 3627 M: 0412 673 038

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