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Save the Children Fiji launches appeal

Save the Children Fiji launches appeal
RB Patel general manager Jignesh Chauhan (left), with Save the Children Fiji chief executive Irish Low-Mackenzie during the charity appeal launch at Life Cinema, Nakasi, on September 7, 2017. Photo: Fonua Talei
September 08
10:00 2017


Save the Children Fiji was able to help a total of 28,501 people including 19,725 children around Fiji after the devastation of Cyclone Winston.

According to its chief executive officer Iris Low-Mackenzie their programmes for the year was focused on Disaster Risk Reduction in over 30 communities and 20 schools.

She said the programmes aimed to increase people’s resilience during disasters.

Speaking at their charity appeal at Life Cinema at Nakasi on Wednesday night, Mrs Mackenzie said the event would enable them to broaden their funding base for such programmes.

“The funds raised from this appeal will support Save the Children Fiji to assist with requests that we do not have allocated funds for, for example, education assistance to children; at the end of 2016 and early 2017, we received over 100 requests for school bags, shoes, uniform and stationery,” Mrs Mackenzie said.

“We also received requests from Early Childhood Education Centres for school materials and water tanks.

“We also received requests from schools and organisations for information on child protection.”

Mrs Mackenzie said the Non-Governmental Organisation had a dual mandate; to provide development assistance, and humanitarian response.

“We are working with Kids Link Fiji, our child-led initiative to raise the voice of children and address abuse, neglect and exploitation of our children through programmes at the community level including working through faith based organisations,” she said.

Mrs Mackenzie acknowledged corporate partners who had come forward with their donations.

“Such gestures mean that you are very much focused on fulfilling your corporate social responsibility,” she said.

Save the Children Fiji also signed an agreement with RB Patel, the proprietors of Life Cinemas to provide an opportunity for movie-goers to donate for the non-governmental organisation.

This will see Cash Coin boxes placed at Life Cinema’s in Nakasi, Nadi and Lautoka so patrons can donate any loose change they may have.

“As a company we are happy to be part of this project with three locations I am sure our cinema patrons will support this important charity,” RB Patel group chief operating officer Deepak Rathod said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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