City earns praise for donations to appeal

By SALLY GORDON

GRAFTON may be one of the smallest cities in the Northern Rivers region, but it seems residents have the biggest hearts.

APN call centre staff have lauded Grafton people for their generosity and sympathetic attitude towards tsunami-stricken victims in Sri Lanka.

The Daily Examiner as part of the APN News and Media group, officially launched the APN Tsunami Relief Appeal for Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Lismore call centre supervisor Paige Gourley said that so far the Clarence Valley had raised $4400.

She said a significant portion of the money had come from individual donations largely from Grafton and South Grafton.

"The Grafton people have been the ones who are saying 'we need to do something and what can we do?' ? they have been fantastic," Ms Gourley said.

"We're loving chatting to the Grafton people."

Few donations had been received from Clarence Coast residents or businesses.

Staff from the Acmena Northern Rivers Juvenile Justice Centre gave $500, the Grafton Travelling Bowlers donated $500 and a Grafton couple, who wished to remain anonymous, yesterday gave $1000.

By 3pm yesterday donations from Lismore had reached $18,400 and Tweed Heads had raised $1900.



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