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Rosie Holidays, Ahura Resorts Boost Sea Mercy Works

Rosie Holidays, Ahura Resorts Boost Sea  Mercy Works
Sea Mercy Fiji president Nigel Skeggs (middle) receives the cheque from Managing Director of Rosie Holiday and Ahura Resorts Tony Whitton (right) while KPMG partner Mitch Craig looks on at Port Denarau Marina yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
May 21
15:25 2016

Rosie Holidays and Ahura Resorts donated $31,070.38 to Sea Mercy Fiji at the Port Denarau Marina yesterday.

This was part of its ongoing support to families impacted by Tropical Cyclone Winston in the Eastern Maritime Islands of Koro, Ovalau, Makogai and the Lau Group.

These remote islands are not easily accessible and this was where Rosie and Ahura partnered up with Sea Mercy.

Together, they have the access and means by yachts based at the port and throughout Fiji.

They will utilise the network of yachts to visit these remote locations distributing vital supplies.

Over the last two months, Rosie Holiday, Ahura Resorts and its partners including Pacific Kids, Expedia and Hoot, have delivered four containers of supplies to Sea Mercy warehouse at Port Denarau.

These include tents, tarpaulins, generators, food supplies, water makers and building materials.

Within 24 hours the materials were loaded onto Sea Mercy vessels departing Port Denarau for the maritime islands.

In addition to the containers, the cash was enabled through Rosie Holiday, Ahura Resorts and donations from its overseas tour companies, house guests at Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Malolo Island Resort.

KPMG also donated its services in overseeing financial transactions with ANZ Bank, while Gibson Freight assisted with freight services from Australia and New Zealand.

Rosie Travel Group managing director Tony Whitton said: “Tourism is a force for good.

“When we shared with our overseas tour operator partners of the impact of Winston on families in Fiji, their response was immediate.

“We had container packed and shipped to Fiji in 12 days.

“Sea Mercy is one of our key strategic partners.

Winston impacted not only the main island but also remote eastern maritime islands.

“These islands are very isolated and have no roads, do not have access to supermarkets or hardware stores.

“Their only lifeline was the network of yachts through Sea Mercy and the amazing team of Nigel Skeggs at Port Denarau.

“For the first four days, some of these islands had no more drinking water.

“Sea Mercy was first response with water, shelter and basic food supplies this was stage one.

“Then another network of yachts visited these islands for Stage Two bringing clothes, building materials, and construction material.”

He said this support with supplies, materials and cash is envisioned to bring comfort to families in the remote maritime islands.

Sea Mercy Fiji president Nigel Skeggs said: “This is an incredible donation from Tony Whitton and his team at Rosie Holidays and we appreciate the support from various sponsors we have.

“These funds will go straight to the rebuilding work in Batiki (Lomaiviti).

“We need that kind of support to carry out our logistics out there.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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