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The Real Test Of Patriotism Begins Now

Time and again we have shown the world that all Fijians remain united in times of disaster. The Category Five Tropical Cyclone Winston has passed leaving behind a trail of
22 Feb 2016 10:33
The Real Test  Of Patriotism Begins Now

Time and again we have shown the world that all Fijians remain united in times of disaster.

The Category Five Tropical Cyclone Winston has passed leaving behind a trail of destruction, loss of homes, infrastructure and unfortunately, loss of lives.

The real test for us all begins now. How fast can we rebuild all that Cyclone Winston has destroyed and get our economy back on track?

At a glance, we can say Government was well prepared for such a natural disaster – although not anticipating this to be the worst not only in our own history, but that in the world history.

Nonetheless, evacuation centres were activated in time and advanced and accurate warnings were given to all concerning the path of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Even our tourism industry was braced for this disaster. Many people, if not all, were therefore braced for what Winston brought with it.

But now is not the time to sit back and cry over what has happened. It is time to get together and rebuild our nation, provide food and shelter to our neighbours and families who have lost all in the wrath of Mother Nature.

Those of us who have not lost all, let’s pitch in a little and give from what we have to those who do not have anything left.

Let us be understanding that the Fiji Electricity Authority is doing its best to ensure power is back on but at the same time, does it after ensuring it is safe to switch the power back on; that the Water Authority of Fiji is doing its best to provide safe drinking water continuously to as many as possible; and that the Fiji Roads Authority is doing its best to provide safe travelling on our roads as soon as possible.

You can also help! If you can help someone by assisting them to charge their phones, this would help Government. If you have a lot of water, share it with a neighbour who doesn’t have any.

If you can, distribute food and clothing to people sheltering at evacuation centres. Small gestures by you can help Government in its efforts to provide relief.

Kudos to the many people who have left their families behind to put their services to the country and its people first; all the hardworking journalists who have risked their own lives to provide updated news to inform the public;  Government officials, NGOs and everyone else who were out there at the peak of the cyclone Winston.

Let’s keep the Fijian spirit alive and continue to help those who have suffered.

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