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Electric Wheelchairs, $30K To Boost SIA’s Service

Mobility device donated by PhysioNet UK and  Vodafone Fiji donated cash   The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) have one more reason to smile this Christmas. For them it was a
24 Dec 2016 11:00
Electric Wheelchairs, $30K To Boost SIA’s Service
From left: Spinal Injuries Association executive director Joshko Wakaniyasi, Vodafone head of corporate affairs and E-Commerce Shailendra Prasad and British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins. Photo: Vodafone Fiji

Mobility device donated by PhysioNet UK and  Vodafone Fiji donated cash

 

The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) have one more reason to smile this Christmas.

For them it was a happy and grateful moment when they received electrical wheelchairs yesterday.

The wheelchairs were donated by PhysioNet UK in conjunction with Vodafone Fiji.

Vodafone Fiji donated $30,000.

SIA executive director Joshko Wakaniyasi said: “PhysioNet UK has been supporting us since 2010.

“From 2010 we have been receiving mobility equipment and appliances together with medical supplies.

“This is the 10th consignment in the last six years. Between 2010 and 2014 we have received one shipment every year,” he said.

Mr Wakaniyasi said he is so thankful to the PhysioNet UK and Vodafone Fiji for their donations to the Spinal Injuries Association.

British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins, handed over the electrical wheelchairs on behalf of PhysioNet UK.

Vodafone head of corporate affairs and E-Commerce Shailendra Prasad said: “Today marks another significant milestone for corporate social giving in the country.

“Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundations and its partnership with Spinal Injury Association has been a story of phenomenal success.

“In 2004, Vodafone adopted the path of giving back to the community. 12 years on, we have made more than $18m in direct social investment that has helped changed the lives of thousands of people around Fiji,” he said.

Mr Prasad said the Spinal Injuries Association has for past several years, walked with them on this path to share the pain of disadvantaged communities, change lives, and make a real difference to their lives.

“We also acknowledge the British High Commission and PhysioNet UK who sincerely believe in our vision for a better Fiji.

Ms Hopkins said: “PhysioNet UK has been a great supporter of Fiji’s Spinal Injuries Association over last seven years delivering a consignment a year from 2010 to 2014.

“I am sure this will greatly help the recipients in Fiji and hope that future consignments from PhysioNet UK will be able to deliver more equipment of this nature,” she said.

“Projects such as this make us proud to be associated with it and help raise awareness about the work that is being done in Fiji in support of people with disabilities,” she said.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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