Vanuatu donates to Australia rural fire services

The cheques were handed over by the Finance Minister Gaetene Pikoune.

One cheque is for the Country Fire Association of Victoria and the other is for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

High Commissioner Da Rin acknowledged the contribution.

She tweeted deeply moved by the heartfelt concerns, kind words and generosity here in Vanuatu.

“You are more than a friend. You are family,” she said.


Photo Twitter/ HC Jenny Da Rin      

Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban donate $500,000 to fire services, home 'under threat'

The Australian actress, 52, made a brief appearance at a pre-Golden Globes event in Los Angeles on Saturday (US time), looking visibly upset.

Kidman's representative told Us Magazine that the couple are "keeping a close eye" on their rural property, which is "under threat" from the NSW wildfires. 

The Oscar winner refused red carpet interviews, saying she was "so distracted".

"I'm so sorry. I'm so distracted right now with everything that's happening in Australia," she apologised, according to attendees. 

Butterfly Trust receive Navy Blues donation for Vanuatu children

The partnership between Auckland City FC and the Butterfly Trust raised funds for Cyclone Pam relief in Vanuatu last year and looks set to continue this work in 2017.

This year, Auckland City FC general manager Terry Kennelly presented the Butterfly Trust's Ken Newlands with 60 footballs, 25 warm-up shirts, 40 polo shirts,12 goalkeeper kits, 10 warm-up jackets, three goalkeeper shirts, 12 sets of socks and eight tracksuits for children to use.

"We're delighted to make this commitment to the Butterfly Trust to support their outreach work in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Red Cross helps Fiji Red Cross

A cheque was presented by Communication, Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator, Dickinson Tevi to the Director General of Fiji Red Cross Filipe Nainoca.

The cheque was a donation from the Vanuatu Red Cross Society to assist Fiji Red Cross with the TC Winston relief efforts.