“We’re Praying”

February 2, 2011 by Henry Benjamin
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Suzi and Graham Sherr have seen many a cyclone in the 23 years they have lived in Palm Cove…but they are praying that Yasi will not be as vicious as is being predicted.


Suzi Sherr told J-Wire: “Fortuitously, I had plans in place to visit my daughter in Melbourne this week but Graham is up there. He has moved slightly inland to a friend’s place and there is nothing more we can do except wait and see what Yasi has in store for us.”

Sherr said that their popular beachfront eating spot Vivo had been barricaded and sandbagged. She added: “I am praying that we have a business tomorrow….but I am praying more that there will be no loss of life. We have been told this cyclone is more serious than any we have experienced in the past.”

J-Wire spoke to Saul Spiegler, founder of RARA, the Chabad organisation which monitors Jewish families in rural and regional Australia.

He said: “The latest news is that the cyclone is heading for Innisfail. There were a few Jewish families living in that region during the last serious cyclone in 2007. In Cairns, however, there around two to three hundred Jews. As far as we know, most, if not all, have moved to higher ground and away from the coastline. No-one is yet exactly sure where the cyclone will hit. Initially we had Townsville families offering temporary accommodation to Cairns families and then the situation reversed.

As J-Wire goes to press nine hours ahead of Cyclone’s Yasi’s expected arrival over the coast of North-Eastern Australia, a nation waits universally hoping and praying that Yasi will come and go inflicting minimal damage.


One Response to ““We’re Praying””
  1. Shirl In Sydney says:

    Pray for my son in Cairns…please

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