The Vodafone Warriors will donate $1000 for every try they score in their NRL match against the Parramatta Eels today to World Vision’s Cyclone Pam Appeal.
There will also be donation boxes around Mount Smart Stadium at the club's first home game day of the season.
The Vodafone Warriors have joined some of New Zealand’s most iconic businesses in supporting World Vision and raising funds for the people of Vanuatu.
The Warehouse, Seven Sharp and Z Energy are just some of the organisations joining World Vision to help get Vanuatu get back on its feet after the devastating cyclone which has killed 11 people and destroyed thousands of homes and livelihoods.
Together with generous Kiwis, World Vision have so far raised more than $400,000 for the victims of Cyclone Pam. World Vision have been on the ground in Vanuatu for over 30 years and has already begun distribution of emergency supplies.
The funds raised in this appeal will go toward providing emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter and healthcare, and will form the basis of the massive rebuild that will be needed in the coming months.
Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said the club was keen to support World Vision in their response to Cyclone Pam and expects members and fans to do all they can to help as well.
“We have such strong links with the Pacific Islands community and feel so much sympathy for the people of Vanuatu and what they’re going through,” he said.
“We know how generous our members and fans are and we’re sure they’ll get right behind us in backing this campaign.”
World Vision New Zealand CEO Chris Clarke is thrilled by how Kiwis have come together to help the people of Vanuatu.
“What we’re seeing in Vanuatu has been described as utter devastation. We’re so encouraged by how New Zealanders are responding to our neighbours in the Pacific and we can confidently say that we are doing our bit to help”, says Clarke.
McKenzie Kalotiti, the Consulate General of Vanuatu to New Zealand is equally pleased.
“The people of Vanuatu are struggling, so it’s incredibly uplifting to see the care and support that’s been shown to them by New Zealanders. I have always considered our nations to be great friends, and it’s in times of hardship that we know we can rely on each other.”
The full extent of the damage wrought by Cyclone Pam is beginning to unfold as humanitarian agencies gain access in and around the capital Port Vila and to affected islands. As relief teams access more areas across the country, the number of affected people is likely to increase.
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