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Labasa Festival Helps Ba Victims

Labasa Festival Helps Ba Victims
Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Parveen Bala (second from the right) received cheque from the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North committee vice president Ram Lingam as other members at National Fire Authority Labasa station on May 4. Photo:Shratika Naidu
May 07
11:00 2018

The Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North committee on Friday handed over a cheque of $5000 to assist the flood vic­tims in Ba

Minister for Local Govern­ment, Housing, Environ­ment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala re­ceived the cheque in Labasa.

He said after the floods he contacted the officials of the festival committee if they could assist the victims in Ba.

“They assured me and I am very happy and thank them for keeping their promise,” Mr Bala said.

“Relief work began im­mediately after the flood and this is the payment we will make to the companies where we purchased goods from.

“After the flood, we re­ceived assurance from the festival committee about their assistance and we bought mattresses and food items.

“While the Government is doing its part, we have Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) like this festival committee that had come forward and were willing to assist,” he said.

“On behalf of the Govern­ment, I would like to thank the office bearers for being part of what others are do­ing.

“Along with other NGOs and individuals helping flood victims rebuild their lives, Government teams are on the ground right now with Farms CARE, Homes CARE and top up for e-Tick­eting cards.”

Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North committee president Ram Lingam said: “Being the people of the friendly north; we thank the Lord for sparing them and at the same time not forget­ting the people who were af­fected in Ba in their prayers.

“Therefore, we helped in a transparent manner by providing this cheque to the Government rather than handing it to other organi­sations or individual so that the purpose is served.

“Since the festival began in Labasa, we have always made provisions to assist people and organisations in need and will continue to do so.”

Edited by Percy Kean


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