Family needs help to flee Japan crisis
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.