Almanac Music – David Bridie: Solomon Islands Ferry Disaster Appeal

From good friend of the Footy Almanac David Bridie we have received the latest newsletter from Wantok Musik seeking our help in supporting the Solomon Islands Ferry Disaster Appeal.


Donations can be made at the link below.


Solomon Islands Ferry Disaster Appeal


One of our most loved Wantok artists, Charles Maimarosia, comes from Are’Are’, Malaita in the Solomon Islands.


On Saturday the 4th of April, a ferry disaster caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold led to 27 people who were on the top deck to be thrown overboard. The passengers were departing the capital Honiara on the MV Taimareho under a government program to evacuate people to their home villages during the global coronavirus epidemic. Most of the passengers were students who were returning home. Four of Charles’ nephews were amongst those who have drowned.


Article in The Guardian regarding the ferry disaster



Whilst we appreciate that times are tough for everyone at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to fundraise an appropriate amount of money to support Charles’ family and the community in this tragic time, to help pay for funeral costs.



Charles has recorded a song, ‘A’mamiuru‘ (Forgiveness) that he wished to make available online in return for donations to this cause.  Any donations made to this campaign will receive an mp3 of the song.



Donations over $25 will also receive a download code for Charles’ EP, Are’Are’.



Donate here via gofundme



A’mamiuru – Charles Maimarosia 

It would be greatly appreciated if those who have the means can offer a small gesture of support to our close neighbours in the Solomon Islands.


The 10 students pictured in the video are:


Brenda Arumisi is from Nariekeara village. She completed her diploma of Business and management at Solomon Islands National University.


Jordan Waiomena was Charlie’s nephew. He was a shopkeeper and eldest son.


Julius Sihoraua, son of Max and Elizabeth Eiripo, adopted by John Panasu.


Lionel  Su’unoru was Charles’ nephew. He had just graduated as an electrician and was the tallest man in Are ‘Are.


Martin Amehana was a musician and a band member of Amamata band.


Elizabeth Eripo was a catholic Sunday school teacher at Epalle Mass Centre


Patrik Pahe was a nephew of Charles.


Rose Ma’uni was a 16 year old girl who was in Year 11 at school.

Stewart Houtara was a highly regarded soccer player.


Vincent Arahausu was studying teaching at Solomon Islands University.


Thank you kindly for your support – we hope everyone is staying safe.


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