TC Winston

Red Cross raises $450,000 for Winston relief

The $450,000 raised by the Fiji Red Cross Society through its National Appeal so far will be used to distribute critical supplies and help communities get back on their feet. At a press conference today,  Fiji Red Cross Society President Cathy Wong said they were well prepared to assist those affected by TC Winston. The […]

Peni Shute

March 2, 2016 12:13 pm

The $450,000 raised by the Fiji Red Cross Society through its National Appeal so far will be used to distribute critical supplies and help communities get back on their feet.

At a press conference today,  Fiji Red Cross Society President Cathy Wong said they were well prepared to assist those affected by TC Winston.

The Fiji Red Cross was well prepared for this disaster with a strong network of staff and volunteers.

Fiji Red Cross Director General Mr. Filipe Nainoca with Fiji Red Cross President, Cathy Wong. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Fiji Red Cross Director General Mr. Filipe Nainoca with Fiji Red Cross President, Cathy Wong.
Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

More than 300 Fiji Red Cross staff and volunteers have been mobilised and emergency response teams are in affected communities assessing the damage and delivering supplies.

Fiji Red Cross said they had distributed relief to more than 1200 households, using 300 volunteers nationwide.  They will be publishing all names of people who have donated to their fund later.

Fiji Red Cross Operation-Director General, Mr Filipe Nainoca said a team has been to Koro, Rakiraki and is now moving towards Nalawa and parts of Naitasiri.

The need is so much, our assessment sheets have been put together in detail and recorded, you will be able to see who gave and who received.

Fiji Red Cross Director General Mr. Filipe Nainoca. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Fiji Red Cross Director General Mr. Filipe Nainoca.  Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

If you think that they are tired, they come in the next day. I think its because of the damage they’ve seen.

The generous donations are coming from everywhere, we are a small national society, a staff of 32 people. We have only assessed 3,500 households, but our target is 7,000. At the people level, there are alot of people out there who are hurt.

This will not finish tomorrow, this will go for a long time. As our logo says, ‘We are always there’.

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