Yachties 4 Vanuatu Day - Saturday 11 April, 2015

ORCV Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal

www.Yachties4Vanuatu.com

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Why?

Category Five tropical cyclone Pam ravaged the tiny Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday 13 March, 2015.

The ORCV has forged a strong connection with Vanuatu over the last 10 years through the Melbourne to Vanuatu yacht race. 

We have contributed significant humanitarian aid during that time, which is needed now more than ever.

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How?

The ORCV have partnered with Oxfam, other yacht clubs and Yachting Victoria to assist Vanuatu.

  • Come down to your yacht club to show your support on Yachties 4 Vanuatu Day, Saturday 11th April and donate.
  • Join us in the final Club Marine Series race on Yachties 4 Vanuatu Day 11th April and donate. Let’s show how much we care and put a huge fleet on the water that day. Casual entries are available - talk to your club to enter.
  • Get your family, friends and colleagues involved and donate.
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Vanuatu really need our help. 

For more information on the ORCV Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Efforts that accompanied the three Melbourne to Vanuatu International Ocean Yacht Races in 2006, 2010 and 2014 see the Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid blog on the ORCV website. 

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It’s easy, just go to www.yachties4vanuatu.com and donate directly to Oxfam's Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal now.

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