Nelson Leader : April 30th 2015
NEWS THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 30, 2015 5 raise funds for the cyclone stricken island nation. The group, called Nelson Banding together for Vanuatu A By SALLY KIDSON small group of Nelsonians who have ties to Vanuatu, have banded together to VanAid held their first fundraiser at the Boathouse on Tuesday evening, raising $17,000 to help the Ni-Vanuatu people recover from Cyclone Pam. The evening featured gourmet canapes, together with local wines and music from a Vanuatu choir and a string band, plus auctions for flights and a holiday in Espirito Santo in Brazil. The group also plans to hold several quiz nights through out the region over the coming weeks, with some amazing prizes up for grabs including flights and accommodation in Vanuatu. Nelson VanAid is a small group of people with special ties to Vanuatu. Anne and Eric Simmons have spent the past five years or so volunteering and sailing around Vanuatu, Dr Claire Thurlow has spent time working in the outer communities, Belinda Roselli of Lav Kokonas promotes Vanuatu products in New Zealand, Liz Price has visited Vanuatu and Raewyn Shand has a special affiliation with people in the island Tanna. The group is supporting the Butterfly Trust, which Anne Simmons says does the most amazing things in the communities in the outer islands. It seemed the most effective way to work alongside the Butterfly Trust who have current and indepth knowledge of what is needed in the islands. They are aware that the Ni-Van people are going to need on-going support to help rebuild their homes, schools, crops and infrastructure following the devastating Cyclone Pam. Anne Simmons is organising four quiz/auction nights to run in the Nelson region, the first of which is on May 6 at the SeniorNet rooms at Nelson Pioneer Park. Anne said the support from the community for the auction/quiz nights had been amazing. ‘‘We have some stunning prizes which we hope will raise plenty of money. ‘‘From a 10-night vacation in Santo with flights and activities as well as accommodation paid, to several weekend getaways throughout New Zealand plus so Ni-Vanuatuan RSE workers perform at this week’s fundraiser for the Ni-Vanuatu people. much more. We’ve got some amazing stuff that have been donated.’’ That included two weekends in Kaikoura with accommodation and seal watching in one package and a whale watching trip in another package. Two New Zealand lawyers living in Vanuatu established the Butterfly Trust. The Butterfly Trust has identified medical equipment and education as priority areas. Quiz nights are also planned for Stoke School Hall on May 23, May 28 at the Tasman Bay Cruising Club and May 30 at the Motueka Golf Course. Entry is $10 and Photos: ALDENWILLIAMS teams are from two to eight people. Tickets can be bought at Prices Pharmacy, McGlashen’s Pharmacy and Life Pharmacy in Motueka. Nelson VanAid hopes to raise $50,000 for the Butterfly Trust. Financial donations may be made to the bank account ASB 12-3233-0464934-01 with the reference VANAID. Nelson VanAid is also on Facebook and you can like its page for updates. The Nelson contingent of Van Aid at the fundraiser for the Ni-Vanuatu people as they recover from Cyclone Pam. From left, Raewyn Shand, Rifkin Kaloran, Liz Price, Claire Thurlow, Anne Simmons and Eric Simmons. Nelson poppy in London Nelson couple Vic and Mersyna Evans attended a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in London this week with their daughter and Vicki. The ceremony was held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. ‘‘Security was incred- ibly tight because the Queen was attending, so we returned on the 27th and placed a poppy that had been knitted in Nelson on the memorial,’’ writes Vic. Mersyna Evans places a poppy at the Whitehall Cenotaph this week.
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