TOOLS READY: Matt Harper, Coady Strong, Warwick Strong and Brody Aleckson are going to help rebuild Vanuatu. Missing from the picture are Paul McKendrick and Oliver Strong.
TOOLS READY: Matt Harper, Coady Strong, Warwick Strong and Brody Aleckson are going to help rebuild Vanuatu. Missing from the picture are Paul McKendrick and Oliver Strong. Samantha Elley

Evans Head men head to Vanuatu for cyclone clean up

WHAT do you get when you put together a real estate agent, a builder, three business owners and a pastor?

You get a dedicated team of Evans Head men travelling to Vanuatu to help with the clean up and restoration after cyclone Pam.

The idea came about when locals Coady and Kiralee Strong wanted to do something to help our South Pacific neighbours.

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"We have made friends over there, our mum and dad have, from 20 years ago," Mr Strong said.

"We often visit and I guess I felt they needed help.

"Then I thought it would be great to have a builder, so I rang Matt (Harper).

"Both dad (Warwick Strong) and Paul (McKendrick - pastor) had been over there so I thought they should come."

Finally, the need for a couple of labourers meant Mr Strong also invited his brother Oliver and friend Brody Aleckson.

With the support of their church, Evans Head Presbyterian, and a contact in Vanuatu who is helping to pre-order building materials, the team leaves on May 4.

If you would like to donate, 100% of the money will go to providing building materials and food packs.

Transfer money to the Evans Head Presbyterian account 032602-112700 and mark it "Vanuatu".


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