The Argus, 21 oktober 1922
Bron: National Library of Australia

Smyrna Relief

APPEAL POR HELP

TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS


Sir, I have to-day received the following cable message from the Lord Mayor of London, who is treasurer for the British Armenian Relief Fund:—

"Lord Mayor's Fund urgently pressed administer relief to Smyrna refugees, fleeing in thousands to scattered islands, where relief is being organised to the limit of British capacity. We appeal to Australia to enable us to help in this terrible crisis, which is additional to our normal relief work. Our responsibility in Constantinople is also gravely threatened. 0ur director cables for additional funds to meet this emergency. Will Australia make special effort to help children at least in their hour of precious need?"

This appeal, the most poignant of all in the world to-day, will reach the heart of every Christian in the Commonwealth. These poor refugees are out of the clutches of the Turk and can certainly be saved if money is forthcoming at once. No one who has seen the plight of famine-stricken men, wonmen, and children can think without anguish of the terrible hours through which they are now passing. We need not despair, for the relief organisations have killed the famine in every country which they have been called upon to relief hitherto, except in their uncompleted task of Russia and Armenia. They can win through if we will listen to this heart-rending call. Will you recieve subscriptions on behalf of the Armenian refugees? All the organisations concerned in Armenian relief are working loyally together. It matters not whether subscriptions be earmarked for the Near East Relief Committee, the Save the Children Fund, or the Society of Friends, — Yours, &c.,

MEREDITH ATKINSON,

Overseas Representative of Save the Children Fund and Armenian Relief Fund.

[We shall be glad to recieve and to acknowledge subscriptions to this fund. — Ed. "A."]

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