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Chinese Community In Fiji Donates Towards Relief Efforts

  Prime Minister Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has commended local communities in Fiji for contributing towards relief and rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. He made the
06 Mar 2016 16:19
Chinese Community In Fiji Donates Towards Relief Efforts
PM with members of the Chinese Community at the Presentation of the cheque today.

 

Prime Minister Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has commended local communities in Fiji for contributing towards relief and rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

He made the comments after receiving a donation of $91,188.88 from the Chinese Community in Fiji, which will be deposited into the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund. The Fund was established by Government to directly benefit those Fijians who have been left homeless, without adequate food, water and essential services – especially those in rural and maritime communities.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said the donations and various forms of relief assistance provided to affected families by the local communities is the first step towards rebuilding lives.

“In my visits to all the villages and settlements, I have been telling people that a big amount of donation, funding and support has come from the local communities. Most of the relief supplies distributed by DISMAC to affected areas are given by the Fijian businesses, communities and individuals,” PM Bainimarama said.

“We are grateful to the Chinese community here for the financial assistance rendered to our people in these difficult times.”

Chinese Association of Fiji president, Jenny Seeto said Fijians of Chinese descent, who were born and bred in some of the affected rural communities, also donated funds for their Fijian brothers and sisters.

“Contributing towards restoring, rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts after TC Winston is important for all of us. Some of our members were affected but they have also pitched in to help because we have the country at large to take care of. Our loss is small compared to the rest of the nation,” Mrs Seeto said.

Members of the Chinese community in Fiji continue to visit Rakiraki, Ba and other rural areas affected by TC Winston to provide much-needed help.

“Our members are excited about being a part of the rehabilitation initiatives and the Prime Minister’s efforts to collect funds. A group of our members will also go as far as Taveuni to help our Fijian brothers and sisters get back on their feet,” Mrs Seeto added.



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