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Trillium to the rescue in Vanuatu
After departing Chesapeake Bay in the US and cruising halfway around the
world as part of a World ARC sailing rally, Dennis and Sherry Day called in to
Vanuatu late last year on their 14.8 -metre Hallberg-Rassy yacht S/V Trillium.
They then sailed to Auckland, NZ, and, after a two-month holiday away from
sailing, returned to their yacht. Then came the numbing news of the death
and destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
Dennis and Sherry talked with friends in San Diego about how affected
they were by the tragedy and how they wanted to do something to help.
Fortunately, one of their friends was a Rotarian and suggested they get in
touch with Rotary in Auckland.
Enter the Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa, NZ, which provided an immediate
and positive response. Sherry compiled a list of essential clothing, cooking and
other survival items she knew would be needed in Vanuatu. President of the
Whangaparaoa club, Brian Mullan, and Past President Sarah Carr immediately
set up two separate Facebook appeals and two separate collection points at
their respective homes.
The students and staff of Wentworth College at Gulf Harbour also rose to
the challenge by initiating a similar collection.
The pair departed Auckland after Easter and met with several other yachts
at Opua in the Bay of Islands before all headed up to Vanuatu and distributed
the relief items in the more remote outer islands.
This is a great example of Rotary providing the practical and effective
international links between non-Rotarians with resources and Rotarians with
the network and ability to coordinate delivery of much-needed relief.
Rotary’s allocated islands are Epi Island and the Shepherd Group of five
small islands, where Rotary will focus on rebuilding hospital aid post
buildings and water collection off the roof. If you can assist Vanuatu
following Cyclone Pam, please email the District 9910 Chair of Vanuatu
Projects Lindsay Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa president
Brian Mullan, left, Sherry Day, Sarah Carr
and students of Wentworth College,
with Dennis Day aboard Trillium.
this tax time
The response from
to recent natural
disasters in Vanuatu
and Nepal has been
That support for
people who have lost
everything is enabling
rebuild their homes,
to replace essential belongings and to
provide shelter, warmth and dignity to
their families. The Board of ShelterBox
Australia thanks you and your clubs for
The need, however, will not cease in
the short term. It will take a long time to
re-establish even the simplest of housing,
welfare, educational and community
facilities in both Vanuatu and Nepal. At
the same time, ShelterBox is responding in
Cameroon, Chile, DPRK, Iraq, Niger, Syria
and her bordering countries.
In this financial year, with your important
donations, we have deployed thousands of
ShelterBoxes, Shelter Repair Kits, tents and
other essential items around the globe.
This means over 15,000 families facing
disaster and humanitarian crises have been
given shelter. As I write, aid for a further
5500 families is being distributed in Nepal,
with more to follow.
Having stockpiles of ShelterBoxes and
other emergency aid helps us to respond
rapidly where and whenever disasters
happen. Working as we do, with other
aid agencies worldwide, we make a real
difference. However, our strategically
located stock needs to be replenished for
the next deployment and planned months
in advance of unpredictable disasters. To
achieve this, we rely on your continued and
generous donations. Unrestricted giving to
our “ShelterBox Solution” fund enables
us to be more flexible and targeted in
I appeal to individual Rotarians and
clubs to remember us at tax time this
year. All donations, small and large,
are most appreciated. To donate visit
www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au or phone
1300 996 038.
with Bob Furner
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