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UK Charity Aids Fijians With Spinal Injuries

Fiji and the United Kingdom have had strong family links over the years as they work to give back to society, said Melanie Hopkins. The British High Commissioner to Fiji
02 May 2019 10:35
UK Charity Aids Fijians With Spinal Injuries
Consultant and Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji executive director Joshko Wakaniyasi (from left), talks to Vodafone Fiji Limited Head of eCommerce and Corporate Affairs Shailendra Prasad, British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins and Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the handing over of Physio net Consignment on May 1, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji and the United Kingdom have had strong family links over the years as they work to give back to society, said Melanie Hopkins.

The British High Commissioner to Fiji made the statement at the handing over mobility aid appliances, books, toys and medical consuma­bles to the Fiji Spinal Injuries Association in Suva yesterday.

The consignment was from Physio Net, a char­ity organisation based in Yorkshire, England, which was set up in 2005 to provide physiother­apy equipment to disabled people in developing countries worldwide.

“Physio Net UK has been a great supporter of Fiji’s Spinal Injuries Association over the past seven years delivering a consignment every year since then,” Ms Hopkins said.

“I am sure this will greatly help the recipients in Fiji and projects such as this make us proud to be associated with it because it helps raise awareness about the work that is being done here to support people living with disabilities.

“The mobility aid handed out will surely en­hance the lives of people living with disability around the country and we are happy with the opportunity to be able to assist.”

She added that it was a shining example of a valuable partnership between the UK and Fiji, based on people-to-people contacts, hard work and shared values.

“As with the previous consignments, we are grateful to our links with Fijians in the British Army, who provided support and advice on the types of equipment needed including a stor­age facility for all donated equipment.

“This signifies the strong family links Fiji and the UK have over the years as we work to give back to society and making a difference in the societies we live in.”

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa takes a selfie with a member of the Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji. Photo: DEPTFO News

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa takes a selfie with a member of the Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji. Photo: DEPTFO News

Receiving the consignment, Miniter for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa thanked Ms Hop­kins and Physio Net UK for their sup­port.

“I take this time to thank our men serving in the British Army who helped pack the items, assisted by Fiji’s Am­bassador to Great Britain – a sample of which is on display today,” she said.

She acknowledged the Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foundation for being the constant partner in ensuring that persons with disabilities received the much-needed assis­tive devices.

The handover was held at the Fiji National Coun­cil for Disabled Persons office at Brown Street in Suva.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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