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$100K Spent On Clean Up Campaign Trip

Inter-island ferry operator, Goundar Shipping  Limited (GSL) spent around $100,000 in last weekend’s clean up Koro campaign – an initiative led by the company. The company shipped out more than
25 May 2016 10:18
$100K Spent On Clean Up Campaign Trip
Cyclone Winston

Inter-island ferry operator, Goundar Shipping  Limited (GSL) spent around $100,000 in last weekend’s clean up Koro campaign – an initiative led by the company.

The company shipped out more than 80 tonnes of debris from the cyclone-hit island, also home to owners, the Goundar family.

This was part of their commitment towards the island’s rehabilitation project, following the devastation caused by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The mangled pieces of roofing iron, debris and other building materials was loaded onto their newest vessel, the MV Lomaiviti III and sent to Suva for recycling.

Company owner and director George Goundar told Sun Shipping despite the first shipment, more still needs to be done.

Mr Goundar said debris that needed to be scrapped have been taken to Pacific Scrap Metal in Lami for recycling.

He added the islanders want a speedy recovery and live a normal life again.

 

GRATEFUL ISLANDERS

Villagers on cyclone-hit Koro sang praises about work done by Mr Goundar, his staff and volunteers, including free ferry passage to the island for the cause.

A representative from Mudu Village, Meli Ratulomai said they were aware of the scheduled clean up campaig hosted by the shipping company.

“The Roko Lomaiviti had visited all 14 villages in Koro last month informing villagers about this clean up campaign.

“We had to collect all the roofing irons and other rubbish and place them ready by the roadside so that is easily loaded in the truck,” Mr Ratulomai said.

Mr Goundar said that he is happy the way the people back in Koro reacted to the clean up campaign last week.

“What you see now is what the people of Koro see every day and it reminds them of Winston so we want to get the memory out of them and what you see is probably part of what’s left behind in Koro,” Mr Goundar said.

 

MORE PLANNED TRIPS

Another two trips are planned for the island to completely clear all the remaining debris.

Mr Goundar said this is scheduled for next month upon his return from Canada.

He said more clean up is needed on the island as there was not enough time to load all the debris and materials onto the ship.

Mr Goundar said there is also interest from Levuka for a similar clean up campaign.

The Roko Tui Ovalau had made a special request to the company.

Mr Goundar flew to Canada yesterday to visit his family and he will be back to finalise the trip to Ovalau upon his return.

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