8 October 2009
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The Samoan international netball team have arrived in Manchester ten days after their island home was devastated by a tsunami that affected 10,000 people, killing at least 142 people.
The Samoan team will take on England in the first game of The Co-operative World Netball Series at the M.E.N Arena tomorrow (Friday 9 October 2009). To raise money for the Samoa Tsunami Appeal, the British Red Cross will be collecting money at the tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
The British Red Cross has already given £148,000 to provide immediate relief items, like water, blankets, cooking pots and tarpaulins, and for longer-term recovery projects like providing safe water until damaged water supply systems are restored.
Mata Tuatagaloa, manager of the Samoan netball team, said:
“The Samoan Red Cross helped move people away from coastal areas as soon as the tsunami warning was issued and were immediately involved in the relief operation assisting those affected.
“We are most grateful for all the support we have received so far but more is needed. Any assistance would go a very long way.”
Nicola Moloney, The Co-operative World Netball Series event organiser, says:
“It is fantastic that the Samoan netball team are still able to take part this weekend. By having the Red Cross raise money for the tsunami appeal at the tournament, we hope to be able to help their communities affected back home in Samoa.”
To donate, visit www.redcross.org.uk/samoatsunami or call 0845 054 7200
For more information on the British Red Cross please visit: http://www.redcross.org.uk
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.