January 6, 2005: Headlines: COS - Sri Lanka: Tsunami: Fund Raising: Santa Cruz Sentinel: RPCV Kirby Nicol who has friends in tsunami-battered areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand says: "Compassion, in its best form, is done one-on-one"

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Sri Lanka: Peace Corps Sri Lanka: The Peace Corps in Sri Lanka: January 6, 2005: Headlines: COS - Sri Lanka: Tsunami: Fund Raising: Santa Cruz Sentinel: RPCV Kirby Nicol who has friends in tsunami-battered areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand says: "Compassion, in its best form, is done one-on-one"

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RPCV Kirby Nicol who has friends in tsunami-battered areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand says: "Compassion, in its best form, is done one-on-one"

RPCV Kirby Nicol who has friends in tsunami-battered areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand says:  Compassion, in its best form, is done one-on-one

RPCV Kirby Nicol who has friends in tsunami-battered areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand says: "Compassion, in its best form, is done one-on-one"

Heated council debate on aid for Southeast Asia
By RAMONA TURNER
Sentinel staff writer

An emotional discussion over whether or not to donate money to Southeast Asia tsunami relief efforts produced a City Council vote Wednesday for more support in getting community donations.

The council established a committee to investigate hosting a community fund-raiser and blood drive, then donate the contributions to charities providing aid to about a dozen countries along the Indian Ocean impacted by an earthquake-spawned tidal wave Dec. 26.

The councilís decision came after more than 30 minutes of intense discussion, in which Mayor Bruce Arthur and Vice Mayor Dennis Norton discussed the need to do something to help, saying tsunamis can and have occurred in Capitola.

"In 1964, a tsunami came down here," he said. It caused minimal damage.

Arthur suggested using money from the cityís 2005-06 charitable donation fund for a fund-raiser to send a single check to a nonprofit organization serving children, such as UNICEF or Save the Children.

But Councilmen Michael Termini and Kirby Nicol disagreed.

"I donít want to play the bad guy but I donít think we should write a check as a city," Termini said, adding that he was elected to take care of Capitolaís needs not those of the world. "I agree with setting up a mechanism to fund-raise and set up a blood drive."

Nicol, who has friends in tsunami-battered areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand, agreed.

"Compassion, in its best form, is done one-on-one," said the former Peace Corps member, who lived in that region for a number of years.

While he travels there often, he keeps in touch with friends via e-mail. Since the communication systems are down, he hasnít heard from some of them. His daughter Kim, 30, is there with a medical team trying to help care for the sick and wounded, he said.

"I encourage people to donate individually," Nicol said, noting the city didnít donate cash to charities after 9/11 and the budget canít bare the burden.

In disagreement with the way the discussion was headed, Norton left the meeting. Councilwoman Stephanie Harlan was absent.

The committee ó made up of Arthur, Norton, the city manager and Capitola Chamber of Commerce ó will meet Friday to draw up a plan, which includes pitching residents and businesses for donations.

The committeeís progress will be updated at the councilís regular meeting Jan. 13.

Contact Ramona Turner at rturner@santacruzsentinel.com.





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