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Last updated 05:00 20/12/2012

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Christmas pudding sale proceeds will benefit disaster hit Samoa and the Philippines.

Appeals have been launched for both countries and the Rotary Club of Orewa is getting involved.

Typhoon Bopha left more than 700 dead, 780 missing and at least 300,000 homeless in the Philippines on December 4.

Samoa and now Fiji have been hammered by Cyclone Evan which left eight dead, 200 injured and 3000 forced from homes.

Proceeds from the club's Christmas Pudding Project will go towards a ShelterBox for the Philippines and two Emergency Response Kits to Samoa, spokesman Doug Parker says.

The kits will go some way to helping people get re-established, he says.

ShelterBoxes provide temporary housing for 10 people with all the basics including sleeping bags, a multifuel stove, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, groundsheets, various tools and even school supplies.

A ShelterBox costs $1500 and the Orewa club has provided 11 during the past five years. The club aims to provide two ShelterBoxes annually to disaster hit countries.

"It is only through the club's fundraising activities and the tremendous support Rotary gets from the people in our local community that we are able to achieve this, and to also help Hibiscus Coast Charities," Mr Parker says.

The $20 puddings are available right up to Christmas and can be ordered from Doug Parker on 09 427 0456. Delivery is free on the Hibiscus Coast.

Donations towards a A ShelterBox or Emergency Response Kit can be sent to the Rotary Club of Orewa, PO Box 97, Orewa, or direct credited to the Orewa Rotary Trust Bank account number 12 3046 0384621 00.

The Orewa Rotary Club does not take any administration costs when fundraising and all funds go to charity.

The United Nations launched a $65 million global aid appeal last week for the Philippines after the typhoon.

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