The Yea community turned out to support the Yea Library’s fundraising event on 11 April, raising more than $800 through its Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal Dinner.

Murrindindi Shire Deputy Mayor Sandice McAulay attended the event and congratulated the Yea Library staff for their initiative in staging it.

“Around 25 people attended this very worthy event. A highlight of the dinner was a discussion via Skype with Beirut-based Red Cross humanitarian worker Peter McArdle. The discussion was fascinating and gave us an insight into exactly what life is like for refugees in Syria,” Cr McAulay said.

“What an amazing man and the discussion about his experiences certainly left us with a lot to discuss over dinner,” add Cr McAulay

Mr McArdle has the very difficult job of helping to provide five million Syrian refugees with water while they live in camps throughout the region. He has also worked during the Ebola emergency in Sierra Leone and in Nepal following its devastating earthquake.

Cr McAulay said while the Yea library had hosted many talks over the years, this was the first of its kind being used as a fundraising event.

“This event was used as a pilot model to trial linking an event with a fundraiser and I believe people have been asking when then next event will be held – so it was very much a success,” she said.

“But this event could not have gone ahead and could not have been as successful as it was without our community’s support.”

Anyone wanting to donate to the Syrian Crisis through Yea Library can still do so before Thursday 11 May or directly to the Red Cross at any time.

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