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Senior Citizens Home Turns To ‘Barter For Better’ To Raise Funds

Chanel Home of Compassion – Fiji, a not-for-profit charitable nursing home in Tamavua, is looking to acquire more adult reusable diapers. However, this has proven difficult since the home is
21 Aug 2020 12:00
Senior Citizens Home Turns To ‘Barter For Better’ To Raise Funds
Outside the Chanel Home of Compassion – Fiji, in Tamavua.

Chanel Home of Compassion – Fiji, a not-for-profit charitable nursing home in Tamavua, is looking to acquire more adult reusable diapers. However, this has proven difficult since the home is not able to organise any fundraising activities because of COVID-19 pandemic.

But thanks to Barter for Better Fiji, the home is trading various items in order to get items, such as sanitary items, food and cleaning supplies to assist in the caring of its elderly residents.

Currently, the home is bartering items that they are no longer using or items the home could do without. These include crayons, jumbo markers, acrylic paint, A4 coloured papers, sketch books, coloured pencils, canvas sets, bags and suitcases.

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The home joined the Barter for Better Fiji Facebook group on August 5 and is also bartering through its own Facebook page.

Communication fundraising officer Anu Prakash said an amount of almost $500,000 annually is what is required to manage the home, which provide a 24/7 service.

“We have had a wonderful response to both direct sales and barter. For instance, medium size wrap (diaper) for adults is one of our biggest needs. The home uses 15-17 packets per week. Through this initiative, we have managed to collect around two months’ supply of diapers. The home has also received donations from locals and Fijians living abroad, for which we are very grateful,” she said.

She said the Government assists Chanel Home of Compassion – Fiji through the National Council of Older Persons (NCOP), which is under the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

“Early this year, we received more than $12,000 through NCOP. The home also received $24,000 in 2018,” Ms Prakash said.

Chanel Home of Compassion – Fiji also sponsors disadvantaged residents from underprivileged backgrounds through fundraising; however the home relies heavily on the generosity of groups, businesses, families and individuals to keep it running.

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She said all beds were currently occupied at the Chanel Home of Compassion – Fiji, because it is still under lockdown because of COVID-19, since the home’s residents are vulnerable to diseases.

Members of the public interested in making donations to the home can contact them on 994 1125, email anu@compassion.org.fj or message Chanel Home of Compassion – Fiji on their Facebook page.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj


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