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Fiji Rotuman association donates $13k to PM’s relief fund

The Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund received a boost of $13,168 from the Fiji Rotuman Association. Association Chairman, Paserio Furivai said the donation was collected during this year’s Rotuma Day celebrations. FURIVAI: “We thank our members and district associations for raising the funds. The collection was made possible due to the commitment […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 20, 2016 8:20 am

The Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund received a boost of $13,168 from the Fiji Rotuman Association.

Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Mrs Peniana Lalabalavu receives cheque from Paserio Furivai, Chairperson Fiji Rotuma Association. (DEPTFO)
Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mrs Peniana Lalabalavu receives cheque from Paserio Furivai, Chairperson Fiji Rotuma Association. (DEPTFO)

Association Chairman, Paserio Furivai said the donation was collected during this year’s Rotuma Day celebrations.

FURIVAI: “We thank our members and district associations for raising the funds. The collection was made possible due to the commitment of members.”

The Deputy Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Peniana Lalabalavu said the timely donation would be directed towards needy individuals who were affected during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

LALABALAVU: “We are thankful to the Fiji Rotuman Association for this kind donation and commend them for coming together in this time of need.”

Meanwhile, Canadian Religious group, Masjid Al’Noor Surrey has also made a donation of $5000 to the relief fund.

Deputy secretary for the Prime Minister's Office Mrs Peniana Lalabalavu receives a cheque from the Aseem Khan from the Masjid Al'Noor group from British Columbia. (DEPTFO)
Deputy secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office Mrs Peniana Lalabalavu receives a cheque from the Aseem Khan from the Masjid Al’Noor group from British Columbia. (DEPTFO)

Acknowledging the donation from religious group, Masjid Al’Noor Surrey of British Columbia, Office of the Prime Minister deputy secretary, Peniana Lalabalavu thanked the group for their assistance.

Representative Aseem Khan said the money was collected from all the former citizens.

KHAN: “We collected $5000 from all the former citizens and we hope that this donation will assist those Fijians that have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.”

The Fiji-Rotuman community collected over ten thousand dollars which they intend to donate towards the Prime Minister’s Cyclone relief and rehabilitation fund.

President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the Rotuma Day Celebrations. (Fijian Government)
President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the Rotuma Day Celebrations. (Fijian Government)

Speaking at the celebration of Rotuma Day in Suva yesterday, the President His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote acknowledged the kind spirit and goodwill among the Fijians of Rotuman descent, especially in dedicating this year’s Rotuma Day celebrations to the Fijians who suffered during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

President Konrote thanked the Fiji-Rotuman community for their gesture which he said is an act of real neighbourly love and care.

He said such acts will go a long way towards rebuilding the communities who bore the brunt of Cyclone Winston.

Rotuma Day celebrations in past years were always marked by cultural dances, agriculture and handicraft shows, and much feasting and merry-making.

This year, however, due to Cyclone Winston, the Fiji-Rotuman community decided to observe Rotuma Day with a church service, agriculture and handicraft shows and fundraising toward the PM’s Cyclone Relief fund.

They also donated the root-crops that were on display during the agriculture show to the Commissioner Eastern Division for distribution towards those who are still struggling from the effect of Cyclone Winston.

The Commissioner Eastern, Mr. Luke Moroivalu was on hand to receive the donation of root crops.

The President also took the opportunity to promote a message on Non-Communicable Diseases of which he is Fiji’s lead advocate in eradicating NCDs.

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