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Vanuatu - getting the country back on its feet

01 April 2015


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Risk taking has shaped many a career. It’s a strategy that brings rewards no matter your gender. To say that women are risk averse or riskless is to miss the point: women do more research and take more considered risks.

For example, Ann Sherry CEO of Carnival Australia, the cruise ship company that includes P&O, says risk has made her leadership career.

Ann (above left at the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 2014 100 Women of Influence awards) has been with Carnival for more than eight years and has seen the company weather some serious storms, including passenger death, SARS scares and the fall out in the Pacific of Cyclone Pam. The devastation to Vanuatu (pictured top) has occasioned itinerary changes for the cruise ships.

“It will be some time before our cruise ships can again call at Vila but we want to resume voyages as soon as authorities give the all-clear because cruise tourism is the mainstay of the Vanuatu economy and it will be vital to help the country rebuild,” Ann has commented. 

The island of Santo, which wasn’t as badly affected by Cyclone Pam, has seen Carnival Legend call, carrying a supply of bottled water and a generator.

Ann has noted that: “We are doing everything we can to support our charity partner, Save the Children Australia. Their team is already active on the ground and sent additional people and humanitarian aid with the first Royal Australian Air Force flight.”

Plans are currently being developed for Carnival Australia ships sailing to Vanuatu to also carry building materials to assist with long term reconstruction in the wake of the cyclone.

On the ground in Port Vila, Ruby has heard that one of Carnival’s ships has indeed delivered materials and machinery, including water pumps and mulchers, to help support the relief effort. The damage to plants and crops has been major. Mulching helps clean up quickly and usefully, producing compost material and removing log hazards, etc.

Donations to support the relief effort in Vanuatu can be made to Care Australia, as well as the Australian Red Cross (see links below).

Vanuatu relief


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