Ulmarra digs deep
Children in India affected by the tsunami will soon get something to help them smile, thanks to the generosity of the Ulmarra Rural Fire Service and people of the Clarence Valley.
The Ulmarra RFS collected more than 20 boxes of toys, which will be distributed to children throughout the region by an organisation called Kidz, in conjunction with Lions.
Member of the Ulmarra RFS Sue Weale said the brigade knew collections of other goods were going on, so thought they would collect toys rather than money or clothes.
"When the devastation hit we knew they were going to get assistance but the little kids had lost everything so we focused on trying to cheer them up ... so we collected toys," she said.
The brigade held a sausage sizzle at Bunnings and had toys donated from Big W as well as by residents of the valley.
"We had lots of toys like books, colouring in pencils, cuddlies ... the people of the Clarence really got behind it."
Meanwhile, the last of the Australian community-based medical teams sent to tsunami affected regions of Asia had returned home, Australia's chief medical officer Professor John Horvath said yesterday.
The team of doctors and other health care professionals, mainly from Victoria, arrived back in Australia yesterday.
Prof Horvath said the government had decided that as the Commonwealth's tsunami response had moved from the initial life-sustaining and humanitarian phase to reconstruction activities, no further state and territory-based medical teams would be required for now.