Fiji recovery efforts begin
AFTER Category Five Cyclone Winston devastated the islands of Fiji, local tourism operator Peter Farrell made his way over to help with the recovery efforts.
“We have two island resorts over there and a tourism business, and I spent 10 days over there not just at the resorts but at the village,” Mr Farrell said.
“The village actually gets a percentage from the resorts, and we employ over 120 local villagers, and their homes have just been completely destroyed.
“There were roofs from homes blown half way up the mountain, which gives you an idea of the severity of the storm. Trees have had all their leaves stripped and many had fallen over onto homes and buildings,” he said.
“One of the villagers who I know really well was speaking to me outside where his home used to sit, which is now just a slab.
“He could see I was visibly shaken and upset by the damage, and he was comforting me. Someone who has lost everything, and he’s there reassuring me.”
The Whitsunday community has already donated hundreds of items.
Clothing, linen, tools and household items are welcome and can be dropped off at Reef Safari. Financial donations can be given to the Barefoot Loloma Levu fund at www.indiegogo.com/projects/fiji-loloma-levu-fund#.
CYCLONE WINSTON: Villages were left flattened by the category five cyclone.