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APTC Assists With Relief Efforts

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) has been actively assisting with relief efforts in Fiji, after Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated the country last month. The Category Five cyclone is considered the
09 Mar 2016 09:30
APTC Assists With Relief Efforts
Australia-Pacific Technical College APTC carpentry students assist with relief efforts at Dranu Village. Photo: APTC

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) has been actively assisting with relief efforts in Fiji, after Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated the country last month.

The Category Five cyclone is considered the strongest tropical cyclone in Fiji’s history.

APTC’s chief executive officer Denise O’Brien said the APTC was strongly committed to supporting local communities.

“I have been very humbled by the willingness of our staff and students to provide assistance in such a time of need,”she said.

Recently, APTC staff and students visited Dranu, Veidrala and Delaikuku villages along the northeast coast of Viti Levu. They assisted villagers in demolishing houses that had been partially destroyed, provided relief packs and administered minor First Aid to children who were hit by flying debris.

Groups of students had travelled to remote villages and settlements in Naitasiri and Tailevu to help clean up and provide relief supplies. At Dranu Village, APTC carpentry students led by trainer Sajendra Bali, helped repair houses that had been badly damaged by Winston. They also delivered and installed a water tank that was kindly donated by R.C Manubhai for the relief effort.

Students also helped clean up the Suva Special School and Home of Compassion in Suva.

Last month, APTC Samoa campus took part in the Red Cross Fiji Cyclone Appeal which aims to raise an amount of $100,000 that will be matched by the Samoan Government. The money raised will be used by the Red Cross to fund relief workers and supplies for outlying northwest communities in Fiji which were hit the hardest.

APTC training has five campuses in Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Source: Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC)

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