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Youths Used $360 To Assist Parents

“I shouted loudly, told my parents and called my friends, when I received my M-PAiSA message. I was so happy,” said Mr. Colata.
23 Aug 2021 11:00
Youths Used $360 To Assist Parents
Happy Government unemployment assistance recipients (from left) Manu Brown, Jale Colata and Koresi Colata, after redeeming their $360 in Navua. Photo: Ronald Kumar

What better ways to use the $360 Government Assistance than helping our parents with payment of bills and groceries?

This was how Jale Colati, 18, Manu Brown, 22 and Koresi Colata, 18, used their $360 during the weekend.

Mr Colata, a Fiji National University Agriculture student said the assistance was timely as his family was feeling the pinch of the current pandemic.

“I shouted loudly, told my parents and called my friends, when I received my M-PAiSA message. I was so happy,” said Mr. Colata.

Mr Colata bought groceries and fueled his father’s car.

“I want to thank the Government for assisting us during these difficult times. I come from a farming family and things are hard, but this assistance will surely bring some relief to my parents,” he said.

Mr Brown, an Automotive engineering student at FNU, said assisting his parents with overdue payments and purchasing much needed household items was the best way he would spend his $360.

“This is the first time Fijians have received such Government assistance by any Government and I am glad that I was qualified”, said Mr Brown.

He added that he was fully vaccinated and encouraged other youths to get vaccinated to protect their familes and communities from the deadly COVID-19.

For Colata, a carpentry student, he had to prioritise their spending as he was the only one in his family to receive the assistance.

“I will give the cash to my father and let him decide,” said Mr Colata.

Meanwhile, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy yesterday tweeted that: “Days ahead of schedule, we have met the once-in-a-century COVID-19 crisis with one of the largest assistance payouts in history. $72m was paid in unemployment benefits to 200,000 Fijians. In the coming days, we’ll reach 60,000 more bringing the total payout to around $94m.”

Successful applicants can now access this Government assistance by buying items directly from shops that have M-PAiSA or MyCash facility or redeem cash from any Vodafone or Digicel outlet around Vitilevu.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

Feedback: ronaldk@fijisun.com.fj



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