Wednesday, January 15, 2014
“CYCLONE IAN” WRECKS SMALL TONGAN PACIFIC ISLANDS
“Cyclone Ian” a category 5 compact but powerful cyclone (the first cyclone of the 2013-2014 summer South Pacific cyclone season) has left at least one person dead & a small Tongan group of Pacific Islands devastated after it hit Saturday January 11, 2014.
Pangai an historic Tongan town of 2,000 people has been left in ruins by one of the most powerful cyclones to hit our South Pacicic Island neighbours and the fate of another 5000 people nearby on the 17 occupied Ha’apai Islands is still uncertain.
PDG Stuart Batty Director of Rotary NZ World Community Service (RNZWCS) advises –
“We have Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s) pre-positioned ready for distribution in Nuku’alofa & are working with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade & Red Cross”
"Emergency Response Kit's are a highly practical & proven way of providing humanitarian assistance throughout the Pacific region in times of disaster. I encourage Club's to continue to support this program throughout the year in readiness for the next natural disaster which we know will strike our Pacific neighbours at some stage."District Governor Deb Gimblett - July 29, 2013.
THANKYOU for your continuing generous ERK Donations which are absolutely needed by RNZWCS and really appreciated the end recipients in their desparate time of need.
Please click on the Websites below or contact me direct for any further ERK assistance.
9940 ERK Webpage: www.bit.ly/x8RFqW
RNZWCS information: www.rnzwcs.org/resources
PLEASE SEND YOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE KIT (ERK) DONATIONS AS FOLLOWS - Rotary Club’s, Rotarian’s & Individual’s can donate to ERK’s which cost $600 each either online www.rnzwcs.org/donate & please include your name & address, or post this coupon to the address below, so that a tax receipt can be issued.