Cyclone Yasa - Appeal and Communiques
Summary: 
Cyclone Yasa was one of the most severe in many years.  Rotary clubs in Fiji have immediately activated their community emergency response support plans in consultation and in accordance to established plans managed by Rotary Fiji but taking into account Covid-19 restrictions in place within Fiji.  Pre-positioned Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) have been distributed.   The Rotary clubs in Fiji have used conference calls to discuss the most urgent support their communities need and the best way for Rotary to implement this and from this District 9920 has launched an urgent Appeal for which details are detailed on this page below. This page will continue to have content added as relevant.
 
I can't imagine what it is like to have the roof torn off your family home and your lives and possessions upended right on Christmas.  But at least we can help get that roof back on to enable the start of a return to normality.  What a gift to give at Christmas!
 
District 9920 Support Actions are:
 
1. an appeal for donations to the D9920 YASA Appeal  - this is for cash donations to provide cash resources for repairs and emergency supplies.
 
  • This call is the PRIORITY call
  • Donations to this fund are charitable
  • Donations will to be TRUST Account by Clubs using a DD - details will follow
  • The fund will be administered by the District.
 
2. an appeal for donation the RED Fund - see https://rotaryoceania.zone/page/rotarians-in-need - donations to this fund are for support of Rotarians and therefore are not charitable
 
NB:  the RNZWCS appeal for ERKs is not an immediate priority but clubs are encouraged to contribute towards the replenishment of ERK stocks distributed for Cyclone Yasa as 2021 progresses. However, the RNZWCS Appeal is at https://www.rnzwcs.org/
[Source:  DG Craig Horrocks email to club Presidents]
 
 Cyclone YASA Appeal Details:
      
Please make your donation to this bank account:   ANZ   06-0193-0905286-08
 
Please insert:
  • Particulars: Your Surname
  • Reference: YASA
 
Please send an email to yasa@rotaryoceania.zone with the following information:   
  • Full Name.
  • Email Address.
  • Amount donated.
 
Receipts for donation of $5 or more will be sent to the email address provided.
  • For NZ tax residents this will be a tax receipt
  • For International donors, please check with your tax authority
 
Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) Distributed:
 
Rotary Fiji have reported that 308 pre-positioned ERKs were released from the Fiji NDMO Warehouse in Suva for distribution.  This picture shows part of the team from Labasa Rotary preparing to distribute the 65 ERKs they were supplied with.
[Source: Rotary Fiji Facebook page 20 December 2020]
 
General News Items:
 
Some Good News from Fiji's Taveuni Island. Although they took a huge hit from Cyclone Yasa, damage to buildings was very little due to the community's preparedness and that "Build Back Better" lead by Taveuni Rotary in recent years is paying dividends. There has been severe crop and soil damage which will impact further on the community suffering from high unemployment as a result of Covid.
[Source: RNZWCS Facebook page, 21 December 2020]