21 Mar 2015

New Caledonia pauses aid collection

2:10 pm on 21 March 2015

The Red Cross in New Caledonia has requested a pause in clothing donations for victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

This is to give the organisation time to sort and package the 20 tonnes of clothing collected in just three days.

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New Caledonia Red Cross overwhelmed by donations Photo: AFP

The president of the Red Cross in New Caledonia, Jacqueline Johnston, says the organisation has been overwhelmed by the generosity of New Caledonians.

"Now we have tonnes and tonnes of donations. Within three days we had 20 tonnes of clothing delivered to us by the population of New Caledonia".

Jacqueline Johnston says New Caledonia has very close ties with Vanuatu, its sister country, and the response has been fantastic.

"But because we are getting so much from the population, I am going to Vanuatu tomorrow for 24 hours to find out, on-site, exactly what they need."

The Red Cross is still encouraging people to give money, food and building materials as the relief effort continues.