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Ospreys Star Needs Your Help

Ospreys centre Josh Matavesi is collecting for his family and friends who's country's been left devastated by Cyclone Winston.

Ospreys star Josh Matavesi is asking for the public to help his family and friends in Fiji after Cyclone Winston hit last weekend.

A collection has been set up at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea for any items people can donate.

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless, 42 people have been confirmed dead and more than 100 schools have been destroyed or damaged.

Cyclone Winston is the worst storm recorded in the southern hemisphere, according Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office.

The category-five storm also left many without water and it could be weeks before electricity is restored in some areas.

Australia has sent a military vessel which is expected to arrive in Fijian waters early this week.

It is carrying three helicopters and 60 tonnes of supplies, including water purification equipment and medicine.

There are fewer than a million people living in Fiji, spread out on islands thousands of square miles apart, making it difficult to asses the full damage of the cyclone.

The severe tropical cyclone hit Fiji this month with winds gusts up to 325km/h and waves up to 12 metres high.

Ospreys Centre, Josh Matavesi was born in Cornwall to an English mother and Fijian father.

His father, Sireli Matavesi, who is from Vanua Balava, Lau Islands in Fiji toured the United Kingdom as a rugby player in 1987 where he met Josh's mother, Karen.

Josh is now trying to help people in his father's country following the devastation of Cyclone Winston. 

He said, "This is a callout for supporters of the Ospreys and Swansea to help out with what's happened in Fiji.

"This is the biggest Cyclone to hit this part of the world.

"It wasn't meant to hit Fiji but the wind changed and it did.

"My dad's village is the worst hit, everyone is staying in the church.

He's appealing for people in the area to bring anything they can donate - men's, women's and children's clothes, blankets, underpants, torches, sleeping bags.

Josh continued, "If you can just get down to the Liberty and lend a helping hand it would be much appreciated,"

The Ospreys players have been busy donating and there will also be a collection point at Liberty until Thursday 3rd March.

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