Dancing for cyclone recovery

00:00, Dec 20 2012
Ireen Manuel
MOVED TO HELP: Ireen Manuel, Pacific Fanau Liaison for Nelson Bays Primary Health, looks at images of devastation in the Pacific Islands due to Cyclone Evan’s fury.

Ireen Manuel can't sit by in Nelson and watch the destruction that has resulted from Cyclone Evan in Samoa and her home Fiji, so she's getting the Pacific Island community up and dancing in a fundraising appeal.

On Saturday, groups will sing and dance on the 1903 Square stage at the top of Trafalgar St while volunteers will take donation buckets around town, with the money going to the Red Cross.

Mrs Manuel said the destruction was huge, and thousands of people were without homes, not knowing what they would do.

Many Nelson and Tasman people wanted to help, and the Pacific Disaster Response Fundraiser she was organising was a way to do that, she said.

The money raised would go to Fiji and Samoa via the Red Cross.

"We will leave it to the Red Cross to decide how best to use it."


Mrs Manuel, who is from Savusavu in Fiji and has been in Nelson since March, is Nelson Bays Primary Health's Pacific Fanau Liaison.

She said that people had been calling since Monday wanting to support the islands.

It was hard to get food and materials to the islands so donations were the best way to help, she said.

Donations can also be made online to the Red Cross.

The performances at the top of Trafalgar St will start from 10am this Saturday.

Mrs Manuel welcomes performances or people who would like to help on the day. She can be contacted on 03 539 1668.

The Nelson Mail