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The Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal (ACA) committee has closed its books after a spectacularly successful month of fundraising.

At Thursday night’s meeting, the committee reported that it had raised $201,000 to date. They have written off $6000 pledged during last month’s radiothon, as callers who made the pledges never delivered.

Secretary Florence Syme-Buchanan said that all the ACA books have been handed over to the auditors, which will review them this week.

“We are hoping that audit will finish reviewing our books by the end of next week, at which time they will be published,” she said.

At Thursday night’s meeting, attendees discussed how best to distribute the funds that the committee has thus far collected.

“We’re still developing a policy – we’re looking at several options,” she said.

Garth Henderson of Aid Management attended the meeting, and has been assigned to the position of committee adviser.

Henderson will assist the committee in deciding the most sensible way to allot funds.