Va­ri­ety show to ben­e­fit quake vic­tims

The Northern Advocate - - Local News - Im­ran Ali

Com­mu­nity groups have pitched in to help or­gan­ise a va­ri­ety show in Whanga¯rei to raise money for earth­quake and tsunami vic­tims in In­done­sia.

The show by Friends of In­done­sia, a group com­pris­ing dancers, singers and mem­bers of var­i­ous North­land com­mu­ni­ties, will be held at the On­er­ahi Com­mu­nity Hall from 5.30pm to­day.

A mag­ni­tude 7.5 quake and tsunami last month that struck Palu and ar­eas on cen­tral Su­lawesi is­land killed at least 1234 peo­ple and se­verely in­jured 799.

Event or­gan­iser Eva Corne, an In­done­sian who has lived in Whanga¯rei for 18 years, said she and her sis­ter de­cided to raise money for those af­fected by the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter back home rather than the usual Christ­mas party.

“I teach belly danc­ing and formed Nur Belly Dance a few months ago. Nor­mally we have a party at the end of the year but this year we thought we’d help the needy back in In­done­sia.

“Me and my sis­ter ap­proached other In­done­sians in North­land, Ki­wis, Ma¯ori and our Dutch friends and they all are very sup­port­ive of the cause. We’ll have In­done­sian food and art and craft, an auc­tion, a raf­fle, and en­ter­tain­ment.”

All pro­ceeds will go to Yayasan 981, an or­gan­i­sa­tion in In­done­sia that is work­ing directly in af­fected ar­eas.

Funds raised will help buy tents, med­i­cal sup­plies, and food.

En­try fee is $5 per per­son payable at the door. Chil­dren un­der 5 are free.

There will be In­done­sian food for $5 a meal, drink and raf­fle tick­ets (cash only) En­ter­tain­ment starts at 7pm.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Eva Corne on 021 296 4840.

PHOTO / IM­RAN ALI

Eva Corne, sec­ond left, leads the Nur and Tiny Camel Belly Dance groups dur­ing a re­hearsal for the up­com­ing va­ri­ety show.

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