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Order of Malta Australia


Aid to Tonga following volcanic eruption and tsunami


Over a month after the volcanic eruption and tsunami that devastated Tonga, the full extent of the damage is only now being realised.

The World Bank’s impact assessment report found 85 per cent of the country’s population was affected by the unprecedented eruption that created waves strong enough to flatten islands. In addition to damaged homes, infrastructure and displaced people the countries tourism and agriculture has been severely impacted.

Following an appeal, the Order of Malta Australia has raised in excess of $55,000 to provide aid to the people of Tonga.

As a first step in our aid program, the Order has sponsored a forty-foot shipping container to transport items that have been collected by the Catholic Tonga community in Sydney to be delivered to the people of the Island of Atata, and the villages of Ha’atafu, Kanokupolu, Ha’akili, Kolovai, Ha’avakatolo and Fo’ui. We are also sending 200 of our Care packs containing anti-bacterial wipes, masks, socks, dental care items and soaps. We have also purchased, rosary beads, nappies and female sanitary items for distribution.

This initiative is being led by Consoeur Deirdre Page in collaboration with Fr Aliki Langi from the Holy Name of Mary Parish Hunters Hill, NSW (pictured). The initiative is supported by the Tonga’s High Commissioner. Princess ʻAngelika Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.