Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Residents Chip in for Vanuatu Village; Cash, Clothing and Sporting Goods Going

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Residents Chip in for Vanuatu Village; Cash, Clothing and Sporting Goods Going

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Byline: Nicky Moffat

MAROOCHY Surf Club was the first to respond to an urgent call yesterday for clothing and sporting equipment to take to children in Vanuatu.

Maroochydore couple Bev and Mark Skinner will fly to Vanuatu today to help families at Mele village rebuild their lives after the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam last month.

The Skinners have waged a hugely successful campaign for Sunshine Coast residents to chip in to help the people of Mele recover from the worst natural disaster in the archipelago's history.

Through the Sunny Coast Helps Build Mele Village Facebook page, the Coast community had raised $7500, Mrs Skinner said.

The funds will allow former Sunshine Coast resident and Air Vanuatu pilot Stuart Friend and his wife, Debbie, who now live in Vanuatu, to buy eight rainwater tanks for Mele village and remote villages further from the capital of Port Vila.

Villagers have until now relied on stream water that has been contaminated with soil and sewage. …

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