Redlands couple Dr Alan Profke and wife Debra set sail to Vanuatu

Alan Profke and his wife Debra are setting sail to Vanuatu on their yacht Devine Wind II.
Alan Profke and his wife Debra are setting sail to Vanuatu on their yacht Devine Wind II.

REDLANDS couple Dr Alan Profke and his wife Debra are setting sail on their yacht to Vanuatu on May 1 to assist with relief efforts and are calling on Redlands to donate supplies needed.

Alan said they would join an array of yachts heading to Vanuatu to take hardware, supplies and much needed care to the more remote islands of Vanuatu that often do not receive aid following tragedies, such as Cyclone Pam.

"We are heading off with many items to take to the worst affected communities in Vanuatu starting at Aneitym and going up through the islands from South to North," he said.

"We will be doing clinics and giving away many items to help out along with a US-based group called Sea Mercy.

"They are already in the islands and are relaying info on the needs.

"The Australian Army have now left, the New Zealand support have left and the NGOs have now left, but much is still to be done.

"We hope to be sending a container later as well so we are looking for funding for that."

Alan said he received word of an outbreak of measles and fifth disease on Vanuatu.

Alan said he was calling on Redlands locals to help by donating items, such as food, shelter, tools, seeds and medicines.

To donate, contact Alan or Debra on 0407 743 771 or email at adprofke@bigpond.com or sailingvanuatu@gmail.com.