Topics:  coal seam gas, documentary, earthquake, fukushima, nuclear power, south tweed sports club

Woman shouts 96 people to movies

Kayoko Govindasamy at South Tweed Sports Club.
Kayoko Govindasamy at South Tweed Sports Club. David Stuart

A CAPACITY crowd gathered at South Tweed Sports Club on Friday night for a a documentary.

The screening was free, but not for Bilambil resident Kayoko Govindasamy.

The Japanese teacher spent $462 of her own money for the venue hire and the rights to show Ashes to Honey, a documentary that followed the 30-year struggle of a Japanese village opposed to a nuclear power plant planned in their area.

Mrs Govindasamy said Australia's sale of uranium and the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima showed how pertinent the film was.

"I think after Fukushima more people are interested," she said.

"And people here are aware of coal seam gas issues.

"This movie gives us help. You know they are doing it (renewable energy) in Sweden, so what can we do?"

One of Mrs Govindasamy's former students, Jason Matthews of Currumbin, came along to watch the documentary.

"It actually helps me right now because I'm doing a Bachelor of Science (majoring in) global environment," he said.

"The main thing (in the film) was Sweden with their sustainability.

"It's something that's definitely an issue in the world."

In return for the free viewing Mrs Govindasamy asked viewers to make a donation to Sendai High School - one of the schools worst affected by last year's devastating earthquake.

"I found this high school through my friend in Murwillumbah. He actually came from Miyagi (the prefecture that includes Sendai)," she said.

"I want to buy a laptop for that school."

Mrs Govindasamy said the $713 raised by 96 attendees would be of tremendous use for the school.



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