Local organizes fundraiser to support Vanuatu cyclone victims


Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Kara Dobsa is organizing a fundraiser to support the Oxfam Cyclone relief efforts in Vanuatu after the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam.

The event will be hosted by the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2023 NW Market St) this Saturday, April 11, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Ballard local Dobsa volunteered in Vanuatu from 2010-2012 and wants to reach out to the community for their support.

“My former Peace Corps home was recently devastated by a cyclone which has resulted in major losses of homes, water sources and food sources. There is a critical need for emergency relief funds in Vanuatu and I am hoping to raise awareness and funds,” says Dobsa.

Oxfam is currently on the ground in Vanuatu, helping victims in the wake of this disaster by providing clean water, hygiene kits, access to sanitary facilities and shelter through evacuation centers for over 166,000 affected people.

The United Nations anticipates the need for emergency relief in Vanuatu to last until at least mid-June.

Locals can support the effort during Saturday’s event by donating a suggested $10 at the door, all of which will go solely towards the relief campaign.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Photo courtesy of Kara Dobsa.

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