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Mayor urges support for Pacific neighbours

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett is encouraging residents to dig deep for Tonga after the devastation caused by tropical cyclone Gita.

Mayor Leggett is asking Marlburians to help our Pacific neighbours by supporting the Red Cross appeal.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Tonga, many of whom are now faced with the difficult task of picking up the pieces and rebuilding, following the worst storm to hit the country in decades.

“Around 50,000 people, a third of them children, have been affected by the destruction of homes, schools, government buildings and churches.

“Marlborough people have been amazing with their generosity in the past when it comes to supporting Pacific Island countries after natural disasters. The Tongan community make up about a quarter of our permanent local Pacific Island population and I am calling on the community once again to help where we can,” Mayor Leggett said.

How to donate

The quickest and most effective way to help communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita is to donate to the Red Cross Pacific Disaster Fund. This allows the Red Cross to respond quickly and effectively to the immediate needs of the communities.

You can also text RED CROSS to 4644 to make an automatic $3 donation.

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