Mayor hopes Cyclone Pam donation is catching
AFTER donating $50,000 to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu, the Sunshine Coast mayor is hoping other Queensland councils will follow suit.
Cyclone Pam was one of the worst natural disasters to strike Vanuatu.
The United Nations last Saturday said the death toll from the disaster was 11 and nearly 4000 were sheltered in evacuation centres across the capital Port Vila.
The United Nations also said about 166,000 people had been affected by the cyclone.
These numbers prompted the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to donate $50,000.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said South Sea Islanders had made a huge impact on Queensland and he wanted to make sure Vanuatu's neighbour was there for them in their hour of need.
He said the "immense devastation" to Vanuatu had moved him to take action - and he had spoken to other Queensland mayors urging them to help.
"I've already spoken to the mayors in Mackay, Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast - where they had big South Sea Islander populations," he said.
"I'm hoping they, as well as many other councils, can help."
To donate visit redcross.org.au and follow the links to the Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu) 2015 Appeal.
- APN NEWSDESK