Relief com­ing af­ter Ian’s fury

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Six con­tain­ers filled with non-per­ish­able food, wa­ter and other sup­plies are on their way to Tonga as part of a com­mu­nity relief ef­fort.

The drive was led by Jenny Salesa, the Ton­gan rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the coun­cil’s Mayoral Fund for the Pa­cific and sup­ported by the gen­eros­ity of the Ton­gan and wider com­mu­nity.

A num­ber of com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Mat­son Ship­ping and Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises have pitched in. Seven pal­lets of food and wa­ter are in­cluded in the ship­ment.

The group now wants to send another five con­tain­ers.

Do­na­tions of non­per­ish­able food and wa­ter can be left at the com­mit­tee’s base, the Ton­gan Methodist Church in Orly Ave, Man­gere.

Cash do­na­tions can be made through the Red Cross and Oxfam.

Phone 0800 600 700 or text HELP to 4847 to make an au­to­matic $3 dona­tion.

Photo: REUTERS

Storm's wrath: A Jan­uary 12 im­age of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Ian bear­ing down on Tonga.

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