GENEROSITY PRAISED: Liberty for the Nations president Steve Blake, Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde and Life Christian Church pastor Peter Shurley acknowledge the $100,000 donation. Picture: Grant Wells.THE Central Coast community has raised $100,000 for Roofs for Vanuatu since being established in March following Cyclone Pam.
The program aims to provide 5.6 metre by 5.8 metre roofs to families affected by the tropical storm.
The program was created by Pastor Peter Shurley, from Life Christian Church at Ulverstone, Central Coast mayor Jan Bonde and Liberty of the Nations.
Liberty of the Nations has been involved with charity work and education in Vanuatu for the past 28 years.
Liberty for the Nations president Steve Blake said the organisation was in the process of rebuilding permanent houses.
He said the organisation planned to replace 700 roofs and more than 300 houses and was grateful for the generosity of the Central Coast community.
“This was the largest group donation that we have received from anywhere in the country,” Mr Blake said.
“The funds came from within this community.”
He said a variety of concerts, community events, stalls and markets helped raise much-needed funds.
“Since the launch at the mayoral breakfast at the end of March, from then until now we have raised $100,000.
“The money came from small donations, which makes it more remarkable.
“We identify it by saying to somebody, you can provide a family with a roof over their head.”
Mr Blake said he planned on taking pictures of the people who had donated to Vanuatu.
“I want to go to Vanuatu and show them the people who helped them.”
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