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Kia Ora Gaza: Kiwi Aid To Gaza

Media release
3 August 2010

Six-person Kiwi Team to join Gaza aid convoy

The UN inquiry into Israel's military seizure of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla has been greeted cautiously by Kia Ora Gaza, the New Zealand coalition now fund-raising for a Kiwi Team that will join an international aid convoy setting off for Gaza in several months time.

"We cannot know in advance exactly what might come out of the UN inquiry being headed by former NZ prime minister Geoffrey Palmer," said Grant Morgan, co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza.

"There are, however, two things that we do know for sure. First, Israel has reluctantly agreed to cooperate with the UN inquiry only because of a tipping point in world public opinion following the killing of nine civilians on a humanitarian aid ship."

"And second, land and sea convoys will soon set off in a coordinated campaign to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza and break the Israeli siege which continues to this day."

Kia Ora Gaza has selected a six-person Kiwi Team to join the land convoy leaving London on 18 September and joining two other convoys from Casablanca and Doha in a 500-vehicle column.

"Kia Ora Gaza will announce the names of our six courageous Kiwis in a few days time, along with our team song and logo," said Grant Morgan.

"Our fund-raising drive has got off to a good start. Counting cash and pledges, we're over one-third of the way towards our target of $100,000 since our public launch on 7 July. Yet we still need a lot of donations over the next month so we can finance our full Kiwi Team on their gutsy mission."

People wanting to know how to donate towards Kiwi aid to Gaza are being directed towards the website kiaoragaza.net.

 

For more information, contact:

Grant Morgan

Co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza
021 2544 515
grantmorgan@paradise.net.nz
kiaoragaza.net