The Albanian Society of Shepparton raises over $10,000 for the victims of earthquake

By Ilias Bakalla

The Albanian Society of Shepparton has raised more than $10 000 for the victims of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the Albanian city of Durres last Tuesday.

More than 100 people attended a fundraising event at Central Park recreation reserve in Shepparton East on Sunday.

``We've had to pull this together over the last two days,” ASS president Enver Sabri said.

Committee member Urim Bujku said most of the Albanian families in Shepparton were from the south of Albania while the earthquake hit the north of the country.

“But everyone knows an aunty, uncle or friend that has been affected,” he said.

Mayor Seema Abdullah spoke at the event, acknowledging the "grief and anxiety" the community was facing.

“I offer my deepest sympathies for the (Albanian) community in the devastation that has occurred,” she said.

The group's former president Dinny Adem said its members were trying to figure out the best way to get the money to those in need in Albania.

“We want it to get into the hands of those affected and not be eaten up by administration costs,” he said.