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Caritas provides urgent funding to Fiji in wake of Cyclone Yasa

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18 Dec 2020

Caritas provides urgent funding to Fiji in wake of Cyclone Yasa

Aotearoa New Zealand announced today that it would send solidarity funding to its partners in Fiji to help communities following the impact of Cyclone Yasa which tore across Fijian islands, including Vanua Levu and Taveuni last night.

 

Many homes have been destroyed and power and phones are down after winds of 240km/h - with gusts as high as 345km/h - but the full scale of devastation will not be known until later today.

 

"We have three long-term partner organisations on the ground in Fiji and we are in touch with them. One practical way we can show our solidarity with the people of Fiji during this challenging time is by sending funds to our partners as they help communities in need following the devastation caused by Cyclone Yasa," said Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

New Zealanders can donate using the Caritas website: https://caritas.org.nz/donate-online click on "General Emergency Fund" and add "Pacific Relief Fund" in the comments section.

 

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For more information, please contact Community Engagement Manager, Roger Ellis at 04 496 1339; 021 526 264 or email to rogere@caritas.org.nz.

 

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Catholic Volunteers Overseas. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

 

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies active in over 200 countries and territories.

 

Follow Caritas on Twitter: @CaritasNZ Caritas on Facebook: facebook.com/caritasaotearoa

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