HOPEFUL: IT teacher Noel Benjamin (front) and students hope to rebuild their cyclone-damaged school in Erakor village.
HOPEFUL: IT teacher Noel Benjamin (front) and students hope to rebuild their cyclone-damaged school in Erakor village. Contributed

Jetts appeal to help Vanuatu school kids

FITNESS club Jetts has created a national charitable appeal for the rebuild of Erakor Bilingual School which was devastated in the March 2015 Cyclone Pam, which hit Vanuatu.

Since the cyclone, aid has been flowing into Vanuatu and while the government is doing an excellent job in distributing aid, they have advised the smaller villages and communities that there is not sufficient funding to rebuild smaller villages, including Erakor.

Jetts will be fundraising for the cause nationally over the next few months, with a target of $100,000 set to rebuild Erakor Bilingual School.

Jetts general manager Elaine Jobson is spearheading the appeal and says the initiative is vital to ensuring the local school is rebuilt.

"Jetts chose to support Erakor as someone close to the Jetts family had friends and relatives who were affected by the cyclone," she said.

"She was telling us how devastated Erakor was and that the government wasn't going to be able to help rebuild the village. We heard the story and wanted to help straight away."

The school needed an estimated $100,000 to rebuild and will service 550 students when repaired, she said.

"In my position, I have the opportunity to motivate the troops and channel the energy of the whole company in to one cause," she said.

She said Jetts would need considerable support from the community.

"The support from the Jetts network has been phenomenal - we have business owners, club teams and support office staff running a range of fundraising activities including open days and treadmill challenges."

All funds raised will provide the materials and expertise needed to rebuild Erakor Bilingual School, as well as provide the furniture and any other items required such as stationery and books.

"We want to raise enough to not only build the school, but to provide the school with the equipment it needs to sustain itself going forward," Ms Jobson said.

"The Erakor tribe is the second largest tribe in Vanuatu so a large number of families are currently affected by the school closure.

"Jetts is passionate about making a difference in people's lives and the appeal is one way of ensuring we continue to make a real difference in this world and help Vanuatu get back on its feet."

For details or to donate online visit jetts.com.au/jetts-life/erakor-appeal


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