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Giving Is Better Than Receiving: Johnny Lever

Giving Is Better Than Receiving: Johnny Lever
(From left)President of the Sugar Festival Committee Pusp Raj,Lautoka Chamber of Commerce administrator Mohammed Salim,comedian Jonny Lever,Pastor Raymond Moti,Vinod Patel complete home and living Director Vinod Patel,Investor Bobby Khan and Anuar Khan at Tuvu,Lautoka.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU
November 03
10:30 2015

Renowned Bollywood comedian Johnny Lever urged members of the public to engage themselves in community projects. He was speaking at the Almanah Hope Centre community awareness on the Widows Project  in Teidamu, Lautoka last Saturday.

The Almanah Hope Centre is a project operating under Lifebread-Stay Connected Foundation (Fiji), a locally registered NGO. It is working in partnership with the Government through the Ministry of Women to train and empower disadvantaged widows and women in local communities.

Mr Lever shared his personal experiences as an actor and wanting to channel his wealth into worthy causes.

“It’s a win-win situation when giving to the community because we will benefit as well because giving is better than receiving,” he said.

He encouraged members of the public to remain connected to the community through various projects to assist the disadvantaged communities.

The Almanah Hope Centre director Dorinda Work said the partnership with the Ministry of Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation was crucial in terms of identifying disadvantaged widows and women.

“At the end of the day most often these widows have nothing left for themselves, it’s a vicious cycle,” she said.

“This is because they have given up all that they have by bringing up their children and when their children leave they are alone so by coming to the centre they have a place to stop, think, reassess and make more informed decisions .”

Mrs Work said the main aim was to help women come out of the doom and gloom mindset of widowhood.

“It’s not a handout assistance, it’s a hand up as in we are telling them we are here to help you  and you can do it ,put your mind to it and get up out of the doldrums and move on,” she said.

The construction of 20 accommodation units for disadvantaged widows and women at the centre is currently underway.



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