Helping others in need

SPENDING two weeks in beautiful Vanuatu may sound pretty good at first, but looks can be deceiving.

For four Coffs Coast residents, who will fly to the idyllic destination this Saturday, a peaceful holiday is the last thing on their minds.

Instead the group will spend their days repairing some of the recent cyclone damage to the Tanna hospital, located in the Tafea Province.

Making up the group is Coffs Harbour Rotary Daybreak's John (Jack) Moody and Steve Profke and Woolgoolga Rotary Club's Robert White and his wife Edith.

The trip came about after Rotary District 9650, which the Coffs Coast is a part of, identified Tafea as an area in demand for assistance in emergency repairs and maintenance.

Team leader, Jack Moody, said his team would be working entirely on the hospital, doing electrical repairs, and fixing fly screens and windows to make it mosquito free.

"It is quite a lot of work for four people. It's really one months work in two weeks," Mr Moody said.

Once night comes, the group won't be heading to their resort style accommodation but to a two-bedroom cabin with no running water.

"All costs from airplane tickets to food and accommodation comes out of our pockets, so it can be very expensive," Mr Moody said.

The people of Tafea don't have the money for tools required for the repairs so many Coffs Coast businesses have answered a call for help.

Donors are Coffs Harbour Rotary Club daybreak, Coffs Harbour Rotary Club, Woolgoolga Rotary Club, Coffs Electrical Appliance Service, Bailey's Toormina Hardware, Coffs Auto Spares, Eastland Trade Supplies, Catnaj Lighting and Coffs Gas and Leisure.

A full report of the group's achievements will be featured on their return.

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