Vintage car raffled for tsunami victims
By DARREN COYNE
WHEN a tsunami devastated the village of Marwella in Sri Lanka, Rosebank residents Ray Dingle and Gai Harris knew they had to do something to help.
The village is close to where the couple had spent their holidays while living in India a few years ago, and many of those affected were their neighbours.
Since the tsunami, Ray has been in Sri Lanka helping out with the day-to-day basics; providing gas cookers, purified water, co-ordinating the repair of 150 outboard motors in conjunction with the Sri Lankan navy, and purchasing replacement bikes for fisherman to help them reach their fishing areas.
But that's not all.
Ray has donated a fully restored MG from his classic car collection, which will be raffled on Thursday in Syd- ney at a fundraising event, in conjunction with the MG Rover Group at their showrooms at Rushcutters Bay, Sydney.
Only 100 tickets will be sold at $500 each.
Ms Harris has urged people to buy a ticket or donate. She said many houses had been destroyed, along with the fishing fleet, and more than 6000 people died, many of them fishermen, leaving families without income.
She said the long-term aim of the fund was to provide low-cost housing in an eco-village. She urged any Northern Rivers people with expertise in creating such a village to contact the fund.
Anyone wanting to purchase a ticket, or donate to the Marwella Village Relief Fund, should call Gai Harris on 6688 2154, or visit the website at www.marwellavillager- elieffund.com