Hall back to Asia
More than four years after the Boxing Day tsunami, Jeremy Hall has not forgotten the devastating aftermath.
The Balmoral resident is making his sixth trip to Sri Lanka next month to help families and children still struggling to rebuild after the 2004 disaster.
He works with a local foundation that helps 600 children from one village who lost one or both parents.
On a recent trip Mr Hall bought 4800 exercise books with his own money and donations from friends.
“I’m going to check whether there’s a need for more, and if not there’s two or three other projects,” he says.
The foundation is run by local man Granvil Rathnayake, who lost his wife and two young children in the tsunami.
It has provided pencils, books, free breakfasts and sewing machines to support cottage industry.
Mr Hall takes cash and spends it in Sri Lanka on what’s most needed.
All donations go towards the children and families, he says.
“My promise is that everything they give will be spent totally on the people and will be accounted for,” he says.
“I’m responsible for my own airfare and living costs.”
Mr Hall leaves for Sri Lanka on November 20.
To donate call 6388878 or email jhall@ kiwilink.co.nz.