USP Fundraising For Kiribati, Tuvalu Hits Target
A fundraising effort by the University of the South Pacific Campus Life students for secondary school students in Kiribati and Tuvalu raised more than the expected target on Thursday night.
The USP’s Japan ICT theatre was a hive of activity as students and people from all walks of life flocked to offer their donations towards the worthy cause.
Campus Life First Year Student Experience Co-ordinator Ronil Prasad said they were overwhelmed with the turnout they received.
This, he said, showed Fijian youths were in solidarity with students affected by the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam.
“We have a margin set to raise at least about $3000 through the sale of tickets and sponsorship.
“And we are very fortunate that we have reached the $3000 target and we have few core sponsors who have sponsored this event. We are on the margin of $5000 now,” Mr Prasad said.
The money raised would be used towards the purchasing of essential school items for secondary school students in Tuvalu and Kiribati.
“We have ideas in terms of buying needy items for the secondary school students out in Kiribati and Tuvalu that have been affected by the flood and high tides so that they can get into the school system as soon as possible.
“These are the students that will be sitting for exams and hoping that they would be joining the university later next year.
“This is just to send a message out to Kiribati and Tuvalu that our youths in Fiji and USP do care about them and this is how it actually works,” he said.
The idea of the charity concert was brought forward by a group of orientation volunteers, Mr Prasad said.
The fundraising was part of the university wide appeal for victims affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam two weeks ago.