Australian ambassador to Estonia, Ms Kerin Ann Burns Ayyalaraju thanked the City of Tallinn and all of the people who contributed in the donation campaing led by Tallinn Zoo. During the campaign, almost €80 000 was raised for helping the animals hurt in the Australian bushfires.
„The unprecedented fires have been truly shocking. It is estimated that a billion animals lost their lives in the fire, there has been extensive damage. We are very grateful for the support of the international community. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,“ said the ambassador.
„The donations of our people came also from the bottom of the heart, it is very important for us to help,“ said the Mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart. „It is important to understand that we have one ecosystem to share. The global situation forces us to deal with the topic every day. And to act also – each and every one of us has a chance to contribute to minimising the negative effects of climate change by making even lifestyle changes,” added Mayor.
The relations of Australia and Estonia were also discussed in the meeting. The ambassador complimented Estonia on our innovative e-solutions and noted, that the relations between the two states are productive. “We have one of the biggest communities of Estonians in Australia and many of you come to our country to work or travel. Australia is a big country and we have many places that were left untouched by the fires and are ready to welcome visitors,” added Ayyalaraju.
Mayor added that the fact that Estonians are helping Australia is even more heart-warming because Australia was one of the first countries to recognize the Estonian Restoration of Independence. “Big problems can be solved only in cooperation,” noted Kõlvart.