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The staff of the Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service and their community have rallied to support the Aboriginal people of the NSW south coast region affected by bushfires.

The medical service organised delivery of all the much-needed groceries, working with Waminda - South Coast Women's Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corp., Katungul Aboriginal Corporation in Narooma, and the AH&MRC of NSW.

“Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre got the ball rolling with a big donation and posted on twitter and it just rolled on from then. We had an abundance of dry goods, toiletries, water and toilet paper donated, from people nationally and internationally. We’ve not only had all the online donations via Coles and Woollies, there has been plenty of individuals call in to deliver goods, other organisations with goods or vouchers, the support has been truly amazing.” Karina Cruch, Practice Manager, IAMS

The generous donations were delivered on Wednesday 8 January to Batemans Bay, Bodalla and Narooma.

“It’s part of what we do, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we’ll help anyone, especially our brothers and sisters and uncles and aunties, we’ll drop everything and help whenever we can. That’s just the way we were brought up, the way we are as our people.” Kane Ellis, CEO IAMS.

Congratulations to everyone involved, you should all be very proud.


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Photos used with permission from Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service Facebook Page.