Ba­sic items needed by Samoan vic­tims

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

It has been two months since Cy­clone Evan hit Samoa and lo­cal res­i­dents are in need of ba­sic sup­plies.

The Samoa Red Cross So­ci­ety is ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to do­nate some much-needed re­sources for the com­mu­nity.

Ap­peal co-or­di­na­tor Robina Adam­son says not ev­ery­one has clean water yet be­cause this is a work in progress.

‘‘They are des­per­ately seek­ing plas­tic-lid­ded pails, 15 to 20 litres so that the older chil­dren can carry them to get water for their fam­i­lies,’’ she says.

‘‘With­out con­tain­ers, water can­not be dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies in the worst-hit ar­eas – with­out clean water peo­ple be­come ill.’’

Other items re­quired in­clude bot­tled water, clothes, blan­kets and tar­pau­lins for shel­ter.

Also needed are tool sup­plies to re­build as well as hy­giene kits which in­clude two each of hand sani­tiser, toi­let soap, tooth brushes, tooth­paste, hair combs, hand tow­els and toi­let pa­per and one packet of san­i­tary pads.

For those who have of­fered a mon­e­tary do­na­tion Ms Adam­son sug­gests spend­ing the same value at the su­per­mar­ket to buy some of the ba­sic items re­quired.

The ap­peal is on­go­ing and the con­tainer will not leave New Zealand un­til it is full.

Phone Robina on 636 3573, Angie 021 202 5124 or Ros­alind 636 1294 or 021 045 2641 (texts only to mo­biles) if you wish to do­nate to the ap­peal or for more in­for­ma­tion. They will or­gan­ise pick-up of your do­nated items.

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