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Crusaders 4 Plead For Help

BNZ Crusaders Nemani Nadolo, Jone Macilai, Ben Volavola and Alex Hodgman will auction items on Trademe.com to help raise money for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji. Trademe.com
27 Feb 2016 15:06
Crusaders 4 Plead For Help
Crusaders (L-R) Nemani Nadolo, Jone Macilai, Ben Volavola and Alex Hodgman.

BNZ Crusaders Nemani Nadolo, Jone Macilai, Ben Volavola and Alex Hodgman will auction items on Trademe.com to help raise money for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji.

Trademe.com is the largest Internet-auction website operating in New Zealand where funds raised will be directed towards relief efforts in the country.

Winger Nadolo said it was not about the prize that people get from the auctioned items but what it would mean for those back in Fiji.

“As you all know Cyclone Winston affected a lot of families,” Nadolo said.

“Where I come from, Namatakula, Nadroga, it’s pretty bad, no lives were taken thankfully but there were a lot of damages on houses.

“It’s sad to think about it, a lot of families back home who have not got anywhere to stay or any shelter.

“We are going to put some stuff on Trade Me that is going to get auctioned off and all the proceeds are going to go towards helping back home in Fiji and we are encouraging everyone to get on board to help.”

Fellow teammates also speaking their thoughts in the aftermath of TC Winston was winger Macilai from Nadogo, Macuata who said the damage caused by TC Winston was something they cannot stop thinking about.

“We have heard of the devastation and damages Winston caused and we have not been sleeping well for the past few days,” Macilai said.

“Just thinking of the challenges the people  are facing.

“We send our warm love and prayers, let us re-commit our lives to God and pray for the betterment of our country.”

Volavola from Nabitu, Tailevu expressed how anxious he was about family and friends when heard about TC Winston.

“I was really worried and nervous about not only the general public but especially my family and friends,” Volavola said.

“I was worried about their safety and worried about how they were holding up during this time.”

Prop Alex Hodgman called on families to come together to overcome the pain TC Winston has left behind.

“All my family in Fiji are quite safe which is something I am blessed with and I hope other families in Fiji bind together as well and get through it,” he said.

“We will do whatever it takes to help out.”

The four will be playing their first game of the 2016 Super Rugby season as Crusaders will play the Chiefs tonight 5.35 at AMI Stadium.

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