The Bhutanese Community in South Australia , the newest community to resettle in Australia, contributed AU$ 1925 to flood victims of Queensland.
According to community worker Sushil Niraula, who coordinated the donation drive, the money has been sent to the government thrust for flood victims through Bendigo Bank on Friday. He said, “I donated myself and carried out the drive because flood swept away everything that people have.”
In a statement issued by the Bhutanese Association In South Australia(BASA) said, “We the members of Bhutanese Community in South Australia are deeply moved by the tragedy that has been brought about by the flood and cyclone in your beautiful state of Queensland.”
It also said the community was immensely saddened by lose of human life and properties caused by the disaster.
“We have been observing your able and wise leadership in this most telling hour of tragedy. With your time tasted stewardship, the people of Queensland will confidently march on the path of rebuilding and recovery,” it added.
BNS talked to some of the top contributors on what moved them most for the generosity.
Beni Maya Rai commented that her livelihood is being supported by Australians. She said, “It is more than being generous to support them with whatever amount we have saved at this time of urgent need. We owe them.”
For RK Ghaley, 65, everyone needs support during emergencies caused by natural disaster. He said, “This is humanitarian support. I wish to support anyone, anywhere, even in Bhutan, when one is in need.”
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Jenesa Gazmere expressed, “So much of properties these people owned were washed by the flood. Seeing their pathetic condition, I internally felt need to help them.”