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    2018 - 07.03

    A LAUNCESTON cafe has thrown down a challenge to other hospitality businesses to raise money to help victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
    Nanjing Night Net

    This Cafe owners Max and Lyndel Rawlings decided to donate their takings from last Saturday’s trade to the Red Cross, after watching a report about the disaster on Friday night.

    ‘‘We say it’s awful, but then we don’t do anything about it and we forget about it,’’ Mr Rawlings said.

    ‘‘Their problems are going to be ongoing, I’d say.

    ‘‘It looks like it’s fairly well devastated, so the more help we can give them as Australians the better.

    ‘‘We’d like to throw the challenge out to other hospitality businesses to do something towards helping the people of Vanuatu.’’

    The Rawlings handed a cheque for $1500 to the Tasmanian manager of community projects for the Red Cross, Barbara Hill, yesterday.

    Ms Hill said all money donated would be spent in Vanuatu, which would help to create jobs for residents.

    ‘‘It’s about working with members of the community to rebuild their community,’’ she said.

    Cyclone Pam was a category five storm when it ravaged Vanuatu almost two weeks ago. The Vanuatu government has estimated that at least half of the country’s population of 252,000 has been affected by the storm.

    At least 11 people were killed in the disaster.

    This Cafe owner Max Rawlings and Tasmanian manager of Red Cross community programs Barbara Hill. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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