Hall back to Asia

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

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.

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