Pleasing response to Solomons aid appeal

Maria Heutagi and Joy Breward, of Dunedin's Solomon Islands community, are pictured with food and blankets gathered for the flood-affected Solomon Islands. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Maria Heutagi and Joy Breward, of Dunedin's Solomon Islands community, are pictured with food and blankets gathered for the flood-affected Solomon Islands. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Members of Dunedin's Solomon Islands community are gathering relief supplies, including food and blankets, to help their people after their islands were recently hard hit by flooding.

The flooding killed at least 23 people, displaced thousands more, and destroyed many gardens, causing a severe food shortage.

The Rev Ivica Gregurec, a priest assistant in the Dunedin North Anglican Parish, said the Dunedin Solomon Islands community was organising the collection of summer clothing, bedding, blankets and dry and non-perishable food, including rice, salt and sugar, to be directly distributed to the affected communities.

Joy Breward, a senior member of the community, was pleased with the early response to the initiative, and said 10 blankets, other bedding items, and some food had already been provided.

It was hoped to send a full container of supplies to the Solomons as soon as possible.

People wishing to make donations can contact organisers by email: igregurec@yahoo.co.nz

-john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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