“The container has arrived in Vanuatu and opened so that the goods to the estimated value of $50,000, so generously donated by Companies and individuals, can now be distributed for the rebuilding of Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam earlier this year.
In Vanuatu, a special thanksgiving & launching ceremony presided by Bishop Patterson Worek, Diocese of Banks & Torres was given at the opening of the container.
From a recent email Selwyn Leodoro, Regional Secretary of the Anglican Region of Port Vila and New Caledonia says : " Give Glory to God alone!! Tomorrow we unpack & transfer all contents to our Church Hall, then distribution will follow. Once again, our gratitude goes to all our friends in Aotearoa."
A big THANK YOU to JB Kitto from Christchurch (Coordinator for Vanuatu rebuild project) & Rev. Mike Hawke, Christchurch (Support officer for Anglican Missions) and especially to all who contributed to this container, worked hard to fill it, and co-ordinate a successful arrival.”
Since the publicity of our project to fill a building container with building materials and equipment to assist VANUATU in their rebuild after cyclone Pam we have some amazing examples of people's generosity and willingness to help those in need.
The people of Christchurch who faced a situation which was simply overwhelming following the earthquakes have responded magnificently to support the island people of Vanuatu who faced even greater odds following cyclone PAM.
Various Companies have responded with the following donations:
• Firth Industries donated a pallet of cement; and
• John Bruce Transport have responded by delivering this cement to the container.
• Mega Mitre 10 have committed to supplying $10,000 worth of materials, and other suppliers are likely to respond.
• Holcim cement have made a very significant donation of $5000 of cement.
• Holcim then partnered with Carters who will deliver the cement as their contribution.
• A call for help to Geoff Dench forklifts and a transport firm facilitated the loading of these pallets into the container at no cost to the project.
And what a thrill also to witness the generosity of locals. Recently we had a call from a woman, widowed for a while and worried about her husband’s wonderful array of tools; she then heard of our Vanuatu container and has given the tools (including 2 wheel barrows) to be used in Vanuatu. The tools are precious and in great nick. Small groups are banding together and fund raising. We received a donation of $660 from a rural group who raised funds to assist in purchasing materials to go in the container. One day a couple from Rangiora came to the container with their contribution... in response to a radio interview they went out to the local hardware store and purchased several items which will be warmly received in Vanuatu.
Tough times often bring out the best in people and this has certainly been our experience in seeking to respond to the request for assistance following the cyclone. A huge THANKYOU to all who have donated.
3 August – AND NOW THE VERY LATEST NEWS - in just 10 short weeks the container is full and holds goods to the estimated value of $50,000; contents weighing approx 26 ton. Wonderful support has been received from the media through photos, stories and a radio interview on MORE FM.
On Friday 14th all Business and individuals who have generously supported the VANUATU rebuild project will be invited to attend a short service of Acknowledgement, Thanksgiving and Dedication. At the conclusion of this service the container will be uplifted from the site and begin its journey to Port Vila in Vanuatu from where it will be taken to a central location for distribution and utilization by those who are in most desperate need.
From JB Kitto, Christchurch ( Co ordinator for Vanuatu rebuild project ) & Mike Hawke, Christchurch ( Support officer for Anglican Missions )