Sending help home
NOW that their children are safe in Coffs Harbour and eating regular meals, Anthony and Helena Nebo just want to help those they left behind in the Guinea Republic.
The family arrived in Australia in late 2004 and since then they have worked hard to be able to send money home.
"It's very hard emotionally (to have left family behind), but it's better that we're here, so we can help them," Mr Nebo said.
"There is a great need for any assistance. People there depend on donations to survive."
So with the help of friends Margaret and Reuben Fox, they have put together a huge shipment of clothes, shoes and school books, which is ready to go to their home town, Conakry.
"When you hear the background of these people, what else can you do but help," Mr Fox said.
"Anthony's mother-in-law is looking after 10 orphaned children, and so she needs all the help she can get."
The Foxes organised a colouring-in competition, and put together the boxes of donations from schools and parents from Narranga Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Chris- tian Community Primary School, Tyalla Public School, and Kororo Primary School.
And now that the shipment is ready to go, Jeff Clayton, from Pack and Send, is negotiating with shipping companies for a discount to take the boxes straight to those who need it.
"People worry about where their donations go, but we track it all the way, and we'll have to arrange clearance and landing fees so that the day it arrives they can be on the wharf waiting for it," Mr Clayton said.
But it will still cost around $1200 to get there, and the Foxes and Nebos are appealing to the community to help raise that amount. If you would like to help, you can send your donations to Reuben and Margaret Fox, 14 Bray Street, Coffs Harbour, or call Margaret on 6652 2713 for more information.