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Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Fiji cyclone inspires action by North Yorkshire charity

Two Knaresborough Rotarians were so moved after witnessing the devastating destructive power of a storm in Fiji they launched a special relief effort. Peter Thompson and his wife Valerie were visiting their son, who lives in Fiji, and saw the aftermath of tropical cyclone ‘Winston’ first hand. Peter said: “My son and his family are in Fiji and they escaped serious damage because they weren’t in Winston’s direct path. “However many areas were much less fortunate. Having just returned to North Yorkshire we find that press coverage of the event has been very limited and the public perception is that this was simply a ‘passing breeze’ in a tiny Pacific island. It wasn't.” As founder of PhysioNet, a charity based in Lower Dunsforth near Boroughbridge set up in 2005 to provide physiotherapy equipment to disabled children in Eastern & Central Europe and in developing countries round the world, Peter leapt into action on his return. Last Satuday saw the third shipment of a container-load of post-disaster relief material to Fiji bringing PhysioNet’s total aid to victims so far to £1.2 million.

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