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For The Love Of Volunteering

  Doing volunteer work means doing it from your heart, says Fiji Red Cross volunteer Kalioni Taletawa. He shared this during the Fiji Red Cross 80th birthday celebration  in Suva
22 May 2016 10:00
For The Love Of Volunteering
Fiji Red Cross Staff and volunteers during the Fiji Red Cross 80th birthday celebration yesterday.Photo:Fiji Red Cross Society.

 

Doing volunteer work means doing it from your heart, says Fiji Red Cross volunteer Kalioni Taletawa.

He shared this during the Fiji Red Cross 80th birthday celebration  in Suva on Friday.

The volunteer of eight years said he was interested in joining the Fiji Red Cross since he was in high school.

“I used to see other students from age 16 and above donate blood and since then I had my interest in being a volunteer to help people who are in need,” he said.

“I have had a passion in working with Fiji Red Cross Society since I was 14 years old and since then I have been a member of Fiji Red Cross Society.”

Mr Taletawa said one of the worst disasters he had faced apart from Tropical Cyclone Winston was Cyclone Evan in 2012.

“Cyclone Evan left us with a lot of flashfloods throughout the country and in times of such devastation, it is my honour to help the ones in need and comfort them with all the help we could provide,” he said.

Zoya Begg, a volunteer for the Fiji Red Cross Society of five years, said seeing smiles on people after  reaching out  to distribute donations motivated her to become a volunteer at the Fiji Red Cross Society.

“Helping those in need in times of devastation gave me motivation and a future to look forward to in terms of natural disasters.

“Volunteering for Red Cross gave me opportunities to help and work with all ethnic groups and even make ways to reach out to the people in the interiors who cannot be reached easily, just so we can help them because they are our brothers and sisters too,” Ms Begg said.

 

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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