HELPING HAND: The Evans Head team, under cover of a rainbow, repairing the roof of a Vanuatu church after cyclone Pam damaged it.
HELPING HAND: The Evans Head team, under cover of a rainbow, repairing the roof of a Vanuatu church after cyclone Pam damaged it.

Evans team returns from aid trip to Vanuatu

IT HAS been a month since seven members of the Evans Head Presbyterian Church returned from Vanuatu where they helped with the clean up after cyclone Pam.

The cyclone ripped through the tiny South Pacific country on March 13, flattening many buildings and leaving many others in need of repair.

Evans couple Coady and Kiralee Strong assembled a team of people to visit the country and fix roofs and provide food and clothing where needed.

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"We got more done than we thought in trying conditions," Mr Strong said. "It was raining for 90% of the time and we were doing 10-11-hour days."

The men took plenty of tools to assist their repair of a church roof and also provided food packs to widows and orphans in nearby villages.

"It hasn't all really sunk in yet," Mr Strong said.

"The main highlight was seeing how appreciative people were. The way they responded was really good.

"A lot of them cried."

The trip was such a special time for many of the team that there is talk of a possible return visit.

"There is more stuff to be done, but not sure yet how," Mr Strong said.

"All the guys bonded really well."

The only injury the team sustained was when Brody Aleckson was accidentally hit on the head by a plank.

"It got bandaged up and he kept going," Mr Strong said.

"It came close to needing stitches but he's okay now."



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