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Southlander to help cyclone-hit Fiji

Prue Fraser with some of the donated good she will take over to Fiji. PHOTO: Tanya Fraser

A Southland woman, who will holiday in Fiji next month, is gathering up extra supplies to take there for people in need.

Fiji was hit by Cyclone Keni last month causing torrential rains and major flooding on the island, and Te Anau woman Prue Fraser is planning to deliver important supplies to help in their recovery.

Mrs Fraser, who owns Prue's Berries, will head to Fiji in June for a week-long kayak trip with not only her holiday gear, but also supplies that will help the island recuperate. She contacted the "little resort" where she would be staying to ask how people were affected over there and decided to take action.

The resort responded with a list including the likes of sunglasses, reading glasses, running shoes, head torches, flashlights, toys, games, sports equipment and school supplies.

Mrs Fraser said community support had already been great with the Hospice Shop, holiday parks and residents putting much needed items forward. So far Mrs Fraser has received sunglasses, sunhats, bags of clothing, sunscreen, torches and a couple of jackets.

This isn't the first time Mrs Fraser has taken supplies to Fiji — a couple of years ago she was able to take some surplus Girl Guiding supplies.

"It's easy to do... you normally take 5kg on holiday and you have a limit of 23kg. Why not take a bit extra and leave it there, particularly if it's needed."

Another item that was needed were children's reading books, she said. The children learn in English but there were "very few books for them to read".

Mrs Fraser said if anyone had extra stuff to be donated they could drop it off at her berry shed at 132A Te Anau Milford Highway before Friday, June 8.

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