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 Sunday, 22 December, 2002, 13:44 GMT
Surf fundraiser heads to Australia
Hanabeth Luke and Marc Gajardo - PA
Hanabeth Luke and Marc Gajardo were in the Sari Club
Hanabeth Luke, girlfriend of Bali bomb victim Marc Gajardo, has spoken of her hopes to continue fund-raising for victims of the attack.

Miss Luke, 22, organised a surf competition in St Agnes on Saturday in aid of those affected by the October atrocity.

Mr Gajardo, 30, from Carnon Downs, near Truro, was among more than 180 people who died in the blast, which wrecked the Sari nightclub in Kuta.

Miss Luke, who is returning to her home town of Byron Bay in Australia before the New Year, survived the nightclub blast and was led to safety.

Tourism appeal

She said: "The competition was a really positive thing and I would like to see it happen in Australia."

The 2,000 raised from the event will go to the Balinese Rotary Association which is caring for victims and their families and plans to build a memorial hospital.

Miss Luke said that the Balinese tourist industry was being hit hard by warnings against travel to the island.

She said: "The hotels that are doing well are on about 5% capacity, and people who live in the centre usually send money to their families in outlying areas, so the effect of this will be felt throughout the entire island."

The event follows an appeal from a senior Indonesian minister for governments around the world to lift their warning against travel to the country in the wake of the 12 October attacks.

The cabinet minister, Laksamana Sukardi, was speaking as Bali staged a music concert on Sunday, part of a new initiative to promote the island as a safe tourist destination.


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