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Street Appeal Will Help Victims of Natural Disasters

Street Appeal Will Help Victims of Natural Disasters
Fiji Red Cross Society, director general Filipe Nainoca at the launch of the Annual National Appeal at Gorrie Street, Suva on September 4, 2018. Photo: Swashna Chand
September 08
11:00 2018

The annual Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) National Street Appeal to help people affected by natural disasters began on September 1 and will end on September 29.

Fiji Red Cross director general, Filipe Nainoca an­nounced this during the launch of its Annual National Appeal at Gorrie Street in Suva.

“Our branches will be the first responders during times of disasters so for them to have the capacity to be able to respond immediately requires funding before support comes from National Office,” he said.

“Fiji Red Cross is full of many people, volunteers and donors who help us and the total number of teams is 400 distributed between our 16 branches in Fiji.

“Members of our 16 branches throughout Fiji will be shaking cans in cities and towns to raise money for peo­ple being affected by natural disasters.

“It doesn’t matter how much you put in the tin because we appreciate all donations given by our people”.

Mr Nainoca said they also got support from their part­ners, the Australian Red Cross and the New Zealand Red Cross.

“DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) helped us by giving us 1000 dignity kits and 1000 hygiene kits which we were able to give those affected by disas­ters,” he said.

Mr Nainoca said Fiji Red Cross was about helping vul­nerable people and in helping them we look for funding to help the vulnerable affected by disasters.

The areas they assisted during Cyclone Keni and Josie were Nalawa, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Siga­toka and 52 communities in Kadavu.

“The total number of people we assisted for Cyclone Keni and Josie came to 39,667,” Mr Nainoca said.

“We have lots of friends that support us, but we also need people of Fiji to help us be able to stay strong to enable us to better respond for the next disaster.

“Please support Fiji Red Cross during this month, it’s your national society and we are here to help you,” he said.

The person shaking the can to collect money will be wearing a vest with our logo and the can will have a num­ber on it to indicate he/she is a member of the Red Cross.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: swashna.chand@fijisun.com.fj

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