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Aussie Friends Donate Over Five Tonnes Of Aid

‘Clear Your Closets’ group was formed by a group of friends before recruiting the help of local police officers in Sydney, Australia for supplies for those affected by Tropical Cyclone
29 Mar 2016 09:00
Aussie Friends Donate Over Five Tonnes Of Aid
"Clear your closets" giving relief assistance for children at Nailuva in Ra. Photo:Natalia Raj

‘Clear Your Closets’ group was formed by a group of friends before recruiting the help of local police officers in Sydney, Australia for supplies for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston

 

A group of friends from Australia donated over five tonnes of supplies for mothers and children in the west last week.

The group called ‘Clear Your Closets’ was formed by a group of friends who cleared their closets before recruiting the help of local police officers in Sydney, Australia for supplies for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Clear Your Closet president Natalia Raj said she enlisted her friends and with the help of local police officers in Sydney collected the supplies to help those devastated by the cyclone.

“I asked my friends if they had anything you are not using give it out and to clear their closet and donate stuff to families in Fiji after the desolation of Tropical Cyclone Winston,” the Sydney housewife said.

Ms Raj said supplies include home ware and kid’s items in towels, bath items, kitchen items, toys, books, nappies, sanitary pad, clothing, warm blankets, story books and toys for children.

Ms Raj said she was overwhelmed by the gratefulness and the smiles of the recipients in the villages of Nailuva, Nalawa, Burenitu, Barotu, Nanukuloa and Naiserelagi and other settlements in the Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki.

“So overwhelmed seeing they live a simple life, they are so greatful even with nothing they can still smile,” she said.

“It brings peace they don’t expect anything like some people do when things are been taken away from them.

“You can only eat so much, you need so much and you need to live life, when you travel right inside to villages these kids they have no balls left, no story books, no teddy bears or soft blankets so we are willing to make an effort and reach out to them.”

Ms Raj and her team researched and travelled fifteen hours a day in the last two weeks trying to directly reach those who most needed the assistance.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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