WELCOME DONATION: Russell Vea Vea, Glen Tataw, Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League media officer Michael Fletcher, Tunna Vea Vea and RDJRL secretary Trudy Baker discuss how the funds raised will be used to help the recovery effort in Vanuata.
WELCOME DONATION: Russell Vea Vea, Glen Tataw, Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League media officer Michael Fletcher, Tunna Vea Vea and RDJRL secretary Trudy Baker discuss how the funds raised will be used to help the recovery effort in Vanuata. Rokvanuatu

Gala day raises vital funds for Cyclone Pam victims

RUSSELL Vea Vea says re-establishing the water supply is the priority for villages in Vanuatu that are still recovering from Cyclone Pam.

The Rockhampton man has extended family living in some of the areas that felt the cyclone's full fury in March last year.

A regular visitor to these areas, he has seen the devastation firsthand.

Russell recently received a $2500 donation for the recovery, raised at the Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League's (RDJRL) Play for Vanuatu round last year.

The league's media officer, Michael Fletcher, said the gala day featured games involving the eight local clubs and a multi-draw raffle.

"The clubs were sensational and it was an excellent result," he said. "To see the generosity of the parents, the kids and everyone involved was fantastic."

The league has also received donations of secondhand football gear, including jerseys and boots, which will also be sent to Vanuatu.

Michael said the RDJRL was keen to hold a similar fundraiser this year.

"We are calling for expressions of interest from local charity groups that would like to join the juniors in another fundraising round in 2016," he said.

"We would be keen to work with them and see if we can raise some more money for another good cause."

Interested charity groups can contact Michael on 0428 113 148.