Adam is one of hundreds of Australians raising funds to help earthquake and tsunami victims. (Supplied: Diena Said)
When Adam turned nine a few days ago, he didn’t ask for a birthday party and gifts like other third-graders. Instead, he asked his parents if he could sell his toys and host a fundraiser for Indonesian earthquake survivors.
- Adam will hold a garage sale at the family’s Pascoe Vale home on Sunday
- Musicians in Adelaide will donate ticket revenue from an upcoming concert
- Donation boxes will be distributed at Indonesian festivals in Perth and Melbourne
After seeing devastating scenes of the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed towns and villages along the Sulawesi coast last week, leaving more than 1,400 dead in its wake, Adam decided to dedicate his birthday to the victims.
Adam is one of hundreds of Australian-Indonesians helping to raise funds for the earthquake recovery.
Across Australia, concerts and festivals are being planned to raise funds to help provide food, sanitary kits and other essentials to the more than 60,000 left homeless and living in shelters.
Adam’s mother, Diena Said, told the ABC her son was planning a garage sale to raise money at their house in Pascoe Vale on Sunday, October 7.
“One night we were in bed and I checked news and watched videos circulated on Whatsapp,” she said.
“Suddenly he said to me, ‘I’m so sad’, after watching the videos.”
Ms Said said Adam asked if he could send the $20 he had left over from Eid to the victims he saw in the videos.
“Then he came up with an idea to get more money by selling his toys and books.”
Adelaide musicians to sing for earthquake victims
More than 66,000 homes were destroyed or damaged in the earthquake and tsunami, leaving tens of thousands homeless.
The UN’s humanitarian office said almost 200,000 people need urgent help, among them tens of thousands of children.
They warned of “vast” unmet needs with shortages of food, water, fuel and medicine, particularly in the outer villages that were hardest to reach.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects the damage following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu (AP: Agus Suparto/Indonesian Presidential Office)
Humanitarian group ActionAid said in a report it was taking 30 hours to transport supplies from the nearest functioning port, Makassar, to the worst-affected areas.
The devastating quake shook the country at a time when it was still struggling to recover from the disasters earlier this year.
Indonesian musicians in Adelaide are busy rehearsing for a concert dedicated to earthquake recovery efforts. (Supplied)
The Indonesian community in Adelaide were already planning to hold a concert dedicated to help the victims of a series of earthquakes in Lombok that began in July when the earthquake hit Central Sulawesi.
“Initially we planned the concert to help recovery effort in Lombok, but now we are going to support Central Sulawesi as well,” said one of the organisers, Ivonne Crow.
Ms Crow said she knew community members who were greatly affected by the disaster, including Indah Mashuri, who was very anxious when she was unable to contact her family in Palu.
Dozens of Adelaide-based Indonesian musicians and local bands will perform at the Nexus Arts Building in Adelaide on Saturday, October 6.
The organiser said all tickets sales will be donated to Lombok and Palu.
Traditional dance will feature at the annual Indonesian festival in Perth. (Supplied, Monica Purnama)
In Perth, the Indonesian community is also trying to provide support for the earthquake victims during the biggest Indonesian festival in Western Australia.
The organiser of an annual event, Kreasi Indonesia, said they will try to provide several donation boxes where people can put their money.
“We are trying to raise awareness about the horrific natural disaster in Central Sulawesi to, not only the Indonesian community, but also other people in Perth.”
The event will take place at Forrest Place, Perth CBD on Saturday October 6, and will feature Indonesian traditional dances and art collaboration between Indonesian and local communities.
‘It’s a good opportunity for us to support Sulawesi’
Donation boxes will be distributed during the Indonesian Food and Trade festival later this month in Melbourne. (Supplied)
In Victoria, the Indonesian Society of Victoria will distribute donation boxes at an annual Food and Trade Festival at Box Hill Town Hall on October 27.
“People will come together in the festival and it’s a good opportunity for us to do something to support those in Central Sulawesi,” said Indonesian Society president Nika Suwarsih.
Meanwhile, others have turned to social media as a way of raising funds.
The South Sulawesi community group in Melbourne is raising fund through online platforms including Facebook and Whatsapp.
“The fundraising will be closed on Sunday, so we can distribute the money soon,” said Lily Yulianti Farid from Komunitas Anging Mamiri.
Ms Farid said their community has already been coordinating with volunteers in Sulawesi to list what the victims in shelters need most.