World Vision Chief Advocate Tim Costello to visit Indonesian tsunami-affected area

World Vision's chief advocate Tim  Costello is in Indonesia and will be available for interviews.

 He is expected to arrive in Palu tomorrow to assess the humanitarian work underway as agencies deal with an escalating crisis in Sulawesi. 

 World Vision Australia launched an appeal this week calling for Australians to donate to those in the area, many of whom have lost everything. Online donations can be made at

 Quotes attributable to Mr Costello: 

 “It’s utterly heartbreaking to hear the death toll is rising and will continue to rise. The situation is dire for survivors who desperately need food, water and medical assistance. Many people are still buried under rubble and entire communities remain cut off because of the devastation. 

“Our hearts go out to families affected by this terrible tragedy. Children have been separated from their parents, and even some of our staff members are searching for missing loved ones. 

“The chances of finding alive people buried under rubble for days are dwindling, but it’s not too late to prevent more lives being lost from post-disaster issues such as cholera and other infectious diseases. 

“Through years of experience working in humanitarian emergencies, we know natural disasters like this put children at grave risk.  

For more information or for interviews with Tim Costello, contact: 

Brianna Piazza (Emergencies Communications Officer, who is travelling with Mr Costello) +61 408 624 934, 

 Or, if Bri is unable to be contacted, Ruth Lamperd (News Editor), 0417 765 947, 

Picture: Tim Costello, chief advocate, is travelling to one  of the areas most affected from the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.



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