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Philanthropic Work Way To Go For Private Sector

Fiji continues its march forward in the global world of technology with the opening of the Lami Tech Studio yesterday. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who opened it, recognised the importance
29 Jan 2015 12:28
Philanthropic Work Way To Go For Private Sector

Fiji continues its march forward in the global world of technology with the opening of the Lami Tech Studio yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who opened it, recognised the importance and benefit of this centre to your people.

The centre takes IT development to another level from the already Government-established telecentres. This type of development is crucial in the continuing educational development of our young people. It prepares them to take advantage of the opportunities to join a skilled IT workforce that will put Fiji on the cutting edge.

This development has been made possible by the contribution of New Zealand Aid under the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade who gave $1.3 million.

A not-for-profit corporation based in New Zealand and Hawaii, High Tech Youth Network, Microsoft Corporation, the Adobe Corporation, TRENZ Homes and Fletcher Construction Pacific. Lami Town Council through the Ministry of Local Government made the land available.

These organisations, particularly those from the private sector, must be commended for their generosity. Recently in Lautoka Mr Bainimarama opened the $500,000 Punja Health Centre. Punja and Sons Ltd joins a growing list of commercial firms engaging in philanthropic service.

The PM has made a call for more organisations in the private sector to come forward and help Government build facilities that would benefit the people.

Yesterday in Canada many people mourned the death of business mogul and philanthropist Joseph L. Rotman. While he was well known for making his fortune in the oil trade, he is best remembered by his contribution in arts and education.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said: “Mr. Rotman was a true city builder, demonstrating a commitment to developing Canadian institutions in the arts, education and health care. On behalf of the people of Toronto, I offer my sincere condolences to his family. He will truly be missed.”

For those who have the wealth in Fiji, it is time to heed the PM’s call. Their contribution will have a lasting impact on citizens who benefit from it.

People who live in remote areas in the rural and maritime communities need urgent help. Any help they can get to assist them get ahead in life is most welcome.

Some commercial organisations are committed to philanthropic service. They are to be commended. But we need more of them. They belong to a special group of community builders.

A growing number of businesses have adopted the concept of corporate social responsibility. It allows them to go into the community and do charitable work.

Yesterday, in Lami, young people tested the new centre facilities and their eyes lit up. They knew they were on to something great. Peni Ravitu summed up their feelings: “I am happy and excited about this opportunity to enhance my IT learning and experience.”

 

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