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Departing Entrepeneur Boosts Women’s Centre

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre yesterday received $30,000 donation from American businessman, John Wagner, who is winding up his timber businesses here. Mr Wagner presented the cheques from his two
10 Jun 2016 08:33
Departing Entrepeneur Boosts Women’s Centre
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinatorShamima Ali (second from left), with Sustainable Mahogany Industries managing director, John Wagner (middle), handing. Photo: Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre yesterday received $30,000 donation from American businessman, John Wagner, who is winding up his timber businesses here.

Mr Wagner presented the cheques from his two companies to the FWCC co-ordinator, Shamima Ali.

The funds will be used to further the education of young female survivors of sexual assault and rape.

“This will be our last cheques because we are departing from Fiji. But we wanted to make sure before our departure that the vulnerable are taken care of and this part of our social responsibility,” Mr Wagner said in a brief ceremony witnessed by the FWCC staff.

Mr Wagner is chairman and chief executive officer of Sustainable Mahogany Industries Ltd, the first company granted a license to use the Fiji Pure Mahogany brand, and Pacific Western Timbers (Fiji).

Sustainable Mahogany donated $25,000, while Pacific Western Timbers donated $5000. Last year Mr Wagner donated $50,000 on behalf of his company, bringing to $80,000 his total donation to the FWCC.

Ms Ali thanked Mr Wagner for supporting the work of the Centre, saying that at least two women survivors were already beneficiaries of university scholarships through the trust fund set up with the donation.

She said the donation came at a time when the FWCC’s traditional donors were indicating a reduction of support in the years ahead.

While the FWCC has donor funds for at least the next two years, this has meant the organisation has begun looking further afield from Australia and New Zealand to the United States and Europe to ensure the work on eliminating violence against women is not affected.

Ms Ali said work in the area of violence against women was not sustainable without funding from donors and philanthropists and many times in the past, the members of the FWCC themselves have had to fundraise to support the Centre’s on-going work and services.

Source: Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre

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