SOLOMON Islands communities and residents in Australia have begun packing and putting together goods to send to flood victims in Honiara.
Speaking to Solomon Star from Brisbane, Maxine Kake, who was part of the Solomon Islands Brisbane Community who had already raised $4787.58 (SBD) through a concert performance by local boyband DMP, said that they have continued their appeal for assistance to other Solomon Islanders living throughout Australia.
“So far we have helped put together clothing, kitchen utensils, mosquito nets, food and assistance in cash from Solomon Islanders living throughout the country (Australia),” Ms Kake said.
“We will be holding on the things for one or two more weeks for others who would also want to help, to send over all their assistance to Brisbane before we Express Mail them back to Solomon Islands.
“We see that this is the only way we can help our brothers and sisters back home, especially being in another country during the devastating floods that struck our home,” Ms Kake said.
She added that Solomon Islanders in Australia have been very helpful in arranging, sending in and packing all the relief aid.
“I know for sure that all of us residing outside the country feel the same pain and agony that our people back home feel and would like to assist every little way we can.
“That alone will help heal us, knowing that we have given or helped our brothers or sisters in need,” she said.
Even friends of Solomon Islanders in Australia have been helping out in appeal for assistance for the flood victims.
PNG music sensation, Jagarizzar was also part of the team that has helped out in appeal concerts, appeal walks and also help arranging for goods to be send to the Solomon Islands.
“I am very much in pain and deeply affected also seeing a lot of my friends been victims, others have lost friends and loved ones during the floods.
“Therefore I opted to help out my Solomon Islands brothers and sisters any and every way I can,” the singer said.
By JEREMY INIFIRI