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Twin Towns Digs Deep For Vanuatu

Twin Towns Digs Deep For Vanuatu

Posted on 16-Apr-2015


The Board of Directors of Twin Towns Community Foundation voted unanimously this week to donate $50,000 towards relief work in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, a destructive category 5 storm which struck the island nation on 13 March.

One of the strongest storms to slam the South Pacific in years, Cyclone Pam made a direct hit on Vanuatu with winds reaching almost 200km per hour, causing widespread destruction and levelling homes, schools and buildings.

Chairman of the Twin Towns Community Foundation and Twin Towns Board Director, David Phillips, said the $50,000 donation would be made to Rotary International partnerships to ensure 100 percent of funds donated reached the intended recipients in Vanuatu.

“Twin Towns’ donation will be distributed via Rotary, with some of the funds being used to purchase ShelterBoxes, which are currently being dispatched to families directly impacted by Cyclone Pam,” said Mr Phillips.

 “A ‘ShelterBox’, designed to assist a family of six, includes a shelter tent, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack.

“Families affected by Cyclone Pam desperately need assistance to rebuild their lives as many villages in Vanuatu were literally picked up and blown away,” said Mr Phillips.

“Having the essentials they need to return to their homes is an important step,” he said.

Through former roles within the Defence Force working throughout the South Pacific, the Twin Towns Community Foundation Chairman has seen first-hand the hardships endured by the people of Vanuatu, one of the poorest nations in the world.

“Vanuatu’s indigenous communities continuously struggle on a day-to-day basis to feed and support their families,” said Mr Phillips.

“I can’t begin to imagine the additional adversity Cyclone Pam has placed on these people. Thousands are still sheltering in evacuation centres but assessing the damage in many on the outlying islands has been impossible due to lack of communications and power.

 “Reports suggest that more than a quarter of a million people could be homeless and up to 90 percent of structures have been destroyed or damaged, so it’s clear they need the support of organisations such as Twin Towns,” he said.

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