Plea goes out for blankets and tents

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FOR Robin and Kay Cooper , the devastation of the earthquakes in Pakistan are a world away ? or at least they would be if one of their close friends wasn't smack bang in the middle of it.

When Mr and Mrs Cooper heard of the earthquake on the news, they knew immediately that their friend and former Boyne resident Ayesha Saeed would be at ground zero trying to help.

'That's just the sort of person she is, if half the people you knew were like her.... she'd give you the shirt off her back,' Mr Cooper said.

Ayesha lived in the Boyne Tannum area for about 15 years and was a well-known teacher at Gladstone TAFE.

After moving back to her home country of Pakistan with her husband Ibrahim and their two children, Ayesha has thrown her support behind the aid effort following this month's earthquakes which have killed 79,000 people.

In an email back to her friends in Boyne Island, Aeysha describes the terrible conditions, with vast numbers of homeless, sick and injured.

'There is not a house or building standing and nearly all families have lost many members of their families,' Ayesha said in her emails.

'There have been more than 700 aftershocks. Last night we had another earthquake intensity 5.2 at 12.30am which got us rushing out of bed.'

'This is a desperate appeal for help. We need tents and blankets for the homeless to survive the harsh winter that is about to set in in two to three weeks time.'

If you are able to help, donations or goods can be sent to: Ayesha Leghari Saeed, chairperson Ammaji Development Organisation, 111-D JUDICIAL TOWN CHATTER MUREE TEHSIL, RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN.

Otherwise phone Mr and Mrs Cooper on 4973 7980, or contact them through The Observer.

Another alternative is to join Australia's national aid effort by visiting Pakistan Earthquake Coordinating Committee on www.peacc.org.



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