Fam­ily needs help to flee Ja­pan cri­sis

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Emily Mac­don­ald

ANX­IOUS: Carmel Fisher and her part­ner Jim Marty are wor­ried about Carmel’s son and fam­ily in Ja­pan re­turn­ing to Townsville A TOWNSVILLE man who is liv­ing in Tokyo with his preg­nant wife and their three young chil­dren is strug­gling to es­cape the tu­mul­tuous sit­u­a­tion in the disas­ter-torn coun­try.

A n n a n d a l e r e s i d e n t Carmel Fisher and her part­ner Jim Marty are des­per­ate for her son An­thony Fisher, his wife Vi­vian and their chil­dren – Vanessa, eight, Valentino, six and Ash­ley, three – to re­turn to the safety of Aus­tralia. Her son’s fa­ther Ivan Fisher has scraped to­gether the money to fly the fam­ily to Cairns but as Mr Fisher and his wife are ex­pect­ing a fourth child in Au­gust and he will have to leave his job as an English teacher in Ja­pan, money is tight and, as a pen­sioner, Ms Fisher can­not af­ford to help her son make his way from Cairns to Townsville.

Mr Fisher orig­i­nally went to Tokyo for a two-year stint as an English teacher but af­ter meet­ing and fall­ing in love with his Chinese-born wife Vi­vian, he de­cided to stay and 11 years later they h a v e r a i s e d a f a m i l y to­gether.

Ms Fisher said she was anx­ious to en­sure her son and his fam­ily were safe and she was happy for them to all squeeze into her home.

She hoped some­one may be able to give her son’s fam­ily a lift from Cairns to Townsville.

‘‘ He has had enough and he re­alises for the sake of the baby and his fam­ily he needs to come home now,’’ she said.

Ms Fisher said she was dis­ap­pointed the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment was not chart- er­ing flights to bring cit­i­zens back to safety as the United States and French gov­ern­ments had.

‘‘ My gripe is the gov­ern­ment is only will­ing to give a loan to pay for the tick­ets but as my son will soon have four kids and has had to leave work for now, how is he go­ing to pay it back?’’ she said.

‘‘ He feels so bad we have had t o help t hem with money. The chil­dren go to a school in Ja­pan, they are set­tled, and to get a job in Aus­tralia as an English teacher, he would have to go back to uni for a while so it is very hard for them right now.’’

Her­bert MP Ewen Jones said he urged the Fisher fam­ily to come and dis­cuss their sit­u­a­tion with him at his of­fice.

‘‘ If they’re from Townsville, I’ll do ev­ery­thing I can to as­sist but I’ve not met them and I’m not sure of the full story yet,’’ he said.

‘‘ But cer­tainly they can con­tact my of­fice and we’ll do ev­ery­thing we can to as­sist them.’’

Any­one who can help the Fish­ers get from Cairns to T o wnsv i l l e c a n c o n t a c t Carmel on 4778 3728.

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