Steamships Limited presented a K20,000 cheque to the HB fire appeal this morning to help with the rehabilitation of the houses that were burnt down on August 19.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the fire victims was Edea Sisia Nou and Kaia Reva.
Also a fire victim, Nou said he was visiting his family in the Cook Islands when he heard news of the fire destroying his home.
“We came back two days later to find our homes burnt to nothing,” he said.
On a lighter note to the traumatising turn of events, Nou said the affected families have received an overwhelmingly positive response from corporate houses in the National Capital District.
“We cannot thank you enough for the donations in cash and kind and similarly, we sincerely thank Steamships Limited for their donations to the fire victims’ appeal.”
According to organising committee representative, Lohia Boe Samuel, K73,000 was the amount reached for the appeal and they are aiming for K800,000.
Samual said initially, 18 houses went up in flames but a 19th house that almost caught fire is also at the verge of falling so 19th houses will have to be rebuilt and they have made close to a million kina.
“We are still K200 to K240,000 short so I’m appealing to the general public to help in cash and kind so that we can build the 19 houses; 20 houses are partly damaged as well.”
He said so far, the public has been positive in their help.