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Netballers support Samoa Tsunami Appeal

9 October 2009

A netball player leaps in the air with the ballVaughn@SWPIXThe British Red Cross is collecting money for the Samoa Tsunami Appeal at the Co-operative World Netball Series in Manchester (9-11 October).

The Samoan international netball team are competing in the tournament just ten days after their home was devastated by a tsunami that affected more than 30,000 people across the region.Nicola Moloney, Co-operative World Netball Series event organiser, said: “It is fantastic that the Samoan netball team are still able to take part.

"By having the Red Cross there to raise money at the tournament, we hope to be able to help their communities affected back home in Samoa.”

Collections at tournament

The team take on England in the first game of tournament at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester today (Friday 9 October). Red Cross fundraisers will be on hand to collect money at the event on Saturday and Sunday.

Mata Tuatagaloa, manager of the Samoan netball team, said: “The Samoan Red Cross moved people away from coastal areas as soon as the tsunami warning was issued and was immediately involved in the relief operation. We are most grateful for all the support we have received, but more is needed. Any assistance would go a very long way.”

Raise money for the appeal

The Red Cross is distributing food, tarpaulins, blankets and lanterns. It has also set up camps to provide shelter to survivors and is working to deliver safe water in areas where supplies have been cut off.

If you would like to help those affected by the Samoa tsunami, why not take part in a fundraising collection? Contact your local Red Cross fundraiser to find out what’s planned in your area this week.

Alternatively, why not organise your own fundraising event? There are hundreds of different ways you can raise money – from fashions shows to football tournaments, raffles to pub quizzes.

Don’t forget to contact your local fundraiser to let them know about your event or register it online.

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