The Chair of the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum, Sam Wong, has praised the efforts of the city’s Chinese community in raising more than $21,000 for the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal – in a single night.
“This was truly an outstanding effort – the various Chinese groups, which are members of CMCF, came together for a fund-raising banquet at the Noble Palace Restaurant in Woden on Tuesday evening, and the money just flowed,” Mr Wong said.
He had special praise for the staff and management of the Nobel Palace who donated the entire takings for the dinner – $14,680 – to the appeal. “We thank them for their community spirit and generosity,” he said.
The final total of $21,430 was reached through a raffle, auction and karaoke ‘cash for a song’ donation.
More than 200 people attended the event and the money was presented on the spot to the Vice Chair of Red Cross ACT, Kay Hogan, AM, PSM, on behalf of the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
“The ACT Chinese community has shown the way – now CMCF is planning a Disaster Appeal function next month where there will be an opportunity for other ethnic community groups to show their support for flood and cyclone ravaged Queenslanders,” Mr Wong said.