Container stocked and ready to build

A SHIPPING container full of building supplies is currently on its way to Vanuatu as the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club prepares to build a school.

Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club president John Kemps is a full-time builder and along with six fellow club members, will pay to fly themselves to Vanuatu on July 10 to build the school.

The group aims to have to school complete in two weeks.

Mr Kemps said the group felt a strong connection to Vanuatu as from 2000 to 2012 they held port to port yacht rallies from Port Vila to Bundaberg.

The club has already raised $24 000 but needs $6000 extra to reach their $30 000 build goal.

"Every cent donated is going to the school," Mr Kemps said.

The move to build the school comes as cyclone Pam destroyed much of the infrastructure on the island earlier this year.

"I think the best thing you could do for a community is build a school, especially in those sorts of areas," Mr Kemps said.

"And I have done it before and they really do appreciate it."

Mr Kemps said the club has already built a school in Papua New Guinea.

He said it was a "privilege" to be able to use his trade in this way.

"It's a good thing, not everything is for yourself," Mr Kemps said.

"And they're very appreciative people, it makes it all worthwhile."

Help build kids in Vanuatu a new school

Donate to: Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club "Help Vanuatu Appeal"

Where: National Australia Bank

BSB: 084571

Account number: 244812371



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