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Ali Donates $1500 To USP Vanuatu Students

Local businessman, Nausheem Ali on Wednesday donated $1500 to the University of the South Pacific Vanuatu Student Association (USPVSA). This was to aid the foreign students in their upcoming Independence Day.
23 Jul 2022 16:14
Ali Donates $1500 To USP Vanuatu Students
University of the South Pacific Vanuatu Student Association Independence Chair, Ms Aileen Iopa (third from left) receiving the donation envelope from Mr Nausheem Ali (fifth from left) on July 20, 2022. Photo: Jone Salusalu

Local businessman, Nausheem Ali on Wednesday donated $1500 to the University of the South Pacific Vanuatu Student Association (USPVSA). This was to aid the foreign students in their upcoming Independence Day.

A familiar face in the business arena, Mr Ali runs Commercial rentals, Commercial Minimart and Fatty’s Kava bure in Suva.

The timely donation comes when the Vanuatu students are anticipating their National Independence Day on July 30.

Speaking at the official handover, Mr Ali reminded students that the donations is something his family was proud of.

“You (Vanuatu students) are our loyal customers. We have become so close with you all,” Mr Ali said.

“I’m glad that my family is behind me for this good cause.”

The allowance delay for students was often eased thanks to Mr Ali’s approval of credits whenever the students run short of groceries.

“Overtime we have approved credits for these students whenever they want groceries if their allowance is late,” Mr Ali said.

In return many students have helped Mr Ali in various ways.

“Clearly this is a win-win situation, though we are running a business, these students are so kind, they sometimes help me with security and in return I help financially if there is any problem.

“I feel for them really, through COVID-19 our bond became stronger as some of these students were our regular customers so it’s only right, I help them since they are away from home,” he said.

Vanuatu students thankful

Gratitude and appreciation were a constant utterance from the Vanuatu student executive present at the handover.

Vanuatu Student Association Independent Chair, Aileen Iopa said the assistance would help them immensely as they prepare for their Independence Day.

Ms Iopa and the executives were all impressed to witness Mr Ali’s entire family present at the event.

“It is a blessing I would say for the Vanuatu students to have the support of such a caring and loving family. Coming here, our initial thought was that Mr Ali or probably a representative would be here, but to our surprise his whole family was here,” Ms Lopa said.

Focusing on the unity and progression of the association, the students’ leading body aims to secure a substantial amount of funds so the association is able to bring all Vanuatu students studying in Fiji during Independence Day.

“Like many other foreign students studying here in Fiji, most of us were stuck here during the pandemic,” she said.

“Some of us have not returned home for almost three years now,

“This Independence Day is something we are all anticipating and donations like this will help us,” she said.

Acknowledging the donation, Ms Iopa added that money received was a reflection of the genuine trust and bond the students have with Mr Ali’s family.

Feedback: jone.salusalu@fijisun.com.fj



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