People may think that Cyclone Pam has passed and our near and dear neighbour, Vanuatu, is on the way to recovery. But this is very far from the case…Vanuatu is still going through some very tough times…
In the wake of surviving Cyclone Pam in March and struggling to rebuild, they are now facing famine due to drought compliments of El Nino! People on remote islands including Tanna are advertising on Efate for people to take their children that are dying from starvation due to poor nutrition caused by the inability to water crops planted to replace the food sources ripped away by Pam.
Obviously this is a horrible thing to read about and we may often ask ourselves “what can I do, I’m not in Vanuatu, I don’t know how to help…”
Well a foundation, Revive Vanuatu, was created in response to the devastation wrought on the islands. Staffed entirely by volunteers in Vanuatu and Australia they have been implementing projects on the ground in Vanuatu; Projects as diverse as providing emergency food and water supplies to supplying seeds, fishing materials, laying hens and beehives to rebuilding schools and installing sustainable water systems.
With fresh water supplies fast becoming the primary concern Revive Vanuatu have combined with Adelaide University and Troppo Architects to hold an event that will raise funds to implement sustainable water systems on the worst affected remote Islands of Vanuatu.
The event, Revive Vanuatu Fundraiser, has been offered support, so far, by The Published Arthouse, Coopers, Yalumba, Kenny Ting of Concubine and numerous other amazing restaurants for the catering and One Rundle Trading that are assisting with the set up, and the Dave Black Quintet and Dr Piffle and the Burlap Band for music. All of the partners listed have provided their venue, goods and services free of charge in support of this very important and compelling cause.
Other fundraising efforts on the day will include a Live Major Auction run by Matt Smith from Klemich Real Estate, the sale of Hand Woven Ni-Vanuatu Handicrafts, silent auctions and a raffle. Please find attached a booking link and Invitation to the Revive Vanuatu fundraiser plus and a flier about ‘Tropical Escape for 8 People’ Major Auction Item.
Graham’s Jewellers, Emma Hack, Australian Ballet, Mayfair Hotel, Corporate Traveller, Indulgence Food Design and a cricket bat painted by international outback artist John Dynon have all donated auction items.
There will also be an exhibition of work and findings by 12 Adelaide University 4th year Architecture Students that recently went on a study tour, headed by Professor Phil Harris (Director – Troppo Architects), addressing the need to create infrastructure to aid Community Economic Activity that will have long term affects in enabling these proud people to be self sufficient.
People that are unable to attend the event but would like to contribute to the cause can donate via the Revive Vanuatu website where there is also more detailed information about the great work that Revive Volunteers and friends have been carrying out in North Efate, Vanuatu.
When: Sunday 8th November
Time: 12noon to 5.00pm
Where: The Published Art House
Tickets: $50.00 (which includes 4 vouchers for Food or Wine – Additional vouchers are available for sale for $5.00 each with all proceeds going straight to the cause)
What a fabulous cause.