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Vendors Reach Out to Victims of Tropical Cyclone Keni in Kadavu

Vendors Reach Out to Victims of Tropical Cyclone Keni in Kadavu
SODELPA candidate Tanya Waqanika (front/left), ROC Market co-ordinator Ellana Kalounisiga (third from left), president of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama of Kadavu Bulou Lavenia Yavala (third from right), with stakeholders at Denison Rd in Suva on April 17, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua
April 18
11:00 2018

Soqosoqo Vakamarama of Ka­davu president Bulou Lavenia Yavala yesterday received a donation for Kadavu cyclone vic­tims.

The donation was from stall hold­ers of Suva’s ROC Market on Loftus Street, a gathering of interested vendors who sell just about any­thing and everything every third Sunday of the month.

Bulou Lavenia acknowledged the gesture by the ROC Market commu­nity and said she would see that the donation was distributed evenly “especially to those that are direct­ly affected by TC Keni.”

ROC Market co-ordinator Ellana Kalounisiga said she was “blown away with the support from her vendors”.

There are 75 villages on Kadavu distributed over nine tikina or dis­tricts.

Mrs Kalounisiga said: “When we saw the recent devastation (by Tropical Cyclones) that were hap­pening in Fiji, we decided to stir the community spirit into action.

“We asked the friends of the ROC Market from different sectors to join hands and come together to do­nate food items, sanitary products, children’s clothes and whatever they can give.

“We want the people of Kadavu to know that friends from the ROC Market community Suva are think­ing of you and we are doing our best to help in a small way. We hope that it does help.”

Mrs Kalounisiga said they decided to give half of their donation to Ka­davu and the other half to Medical Services Pacific (MSP), which will send the donation to the Western Division.

The Soqosoqo Vakamarama of Kadavu is jointly working with Kadavu shipping vessel owner and Suva-based architect Ulaiasi Baiva­tu to send the donation to Kadavu next week. The handover was held at SODELPA provisional candidate Tanya Waqanika’s office in Denison Road, Suva.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa


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