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OFC’s Patel Gives $203k To Help Vanuatu

A substantial US$100,000 (F$203,000) from the FIFA Humanitarian Fund has been presented to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) vice-president Rajesh Patel on behalf of
05 May 2015 13:55
OFC’s Patel Gives $203k To Help Vanuatu
OFC vice-president Rajesh Patel (right), makes the presentation to UNICEF Pacific representative Dr Karen Allen. Photo: OFC via Phototek

A substantial US$100,000 (F$203,000) from the FIFA Humanitarian Fund has been presented to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) vice-president Rajesh Patel on behalf of FIFA and the OFC in support of the Vanuatu Cyclone Appeal.

“Homes, businesses and livelihoods were destroyed and many of our close friends, including our colleagues in the Vanuatu football community, were left without homes,” Mr Patel said.

“It is with great pleasure that I stand before you on behalf of FIFA and OFC to present our contribution to the Vanuatu Cyclone Appeal, and we hope to see smiles returning to the faces of the children of Vanuatu.”

The OFC and UNICEF partnered up for the duration of the 2015 Fiji Airways OFC Champions League in support of the appeal, with the region’s premier club competition providing a wide audience – both regionally and globally.

Mr Patel made the presentation to UNICEF Pacific representative Dr Karen Allen ahead of the 2015 Fiji Airways OFC Champions League final between Auckland City FC and Team Wellington of New Zealand on Sunday April 26.

Ms Allen expressed immense gratitude to FIFA and OFC on behalf of UNICEF and the people of Vanuatu for the generous donation.

“Your contribution demonstrates your commitment to children affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu,” Ms Allen said.

“These funds will be used specifically to buy and distribute school and sports supplies for children in early childhood and primary schools. These supplies will relieve parents’ anxiety of not being able to afford the costs of sending their children back to school.”

OFC president David Chung was at FIFA House in Zurich when he learned about the extent of the damage being wreaked on the Pacific by Cyclone Pam.

The timing allowed him to make an immediate and direct request for special assistance from his FIFA Executive Committee colleagues, who were equally as swift in committing to the worthy cause.




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