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Red Cross keeps emergency phones open

Monday September 02, 2013 Written by Published in Outer Islands

The Cook Islands Red Cross raised $7300 as part of their door knock appeal to keep the satellite phones on the outer islands turned on during the cyclone season from November 2013 to April 2014.

The door knock appeal was conducted last week and the volunteers for the appeal turned up in big numbers for the worthy cause.

The emergency satellite phones that will stay open during the disaster months have been available on each of the outer islands for the last six years and were funded by the New Zealand Red Cross for the rentals and usage until July 15 2013.

This phone is looked after by the president of each Red Cross branch on each island and only activated for emergency purposes.

While the only number this phone will ring is that of the Cook Islands Red Cross headquarters, it is being closely monitored each time it is activated by Wrights Satellite Connections of New Zealand.

Because of the funds raised through the appeal the emergency satellite phones will stay open on Pukapuka, Nassau, Manihiki, Rakahanga, Penrhyn and Palmerston.

The Cook Islands Red Cross wishes to sincerely thank the people of Rarotonga for their generous and very kind support to the door knock appeal and they would like to give a special thank you and acknowledgement to the Cook Islands Seventh Day Adventist Church youth, the Cook Islands Christian Church and uniform organisations and all kind and willing volunteers for giving up their time to support the humanitarian cause.

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