On 28 June, Fiji Aid Melbourne (FIJIAM) held their annual fundraising dinner dance. With over 300 people in attendance, Bollywood tunes from a live band, and DJ Raks playing through the evening, the event was a huge success. Apart from music, the evening featured stalls for beautiful Indian wear (by Anokha Andaaz from Wantirna). Delicious food and a great atmosphere capped off a fun night for a good cause.
Nearly every year floods occur in the South Pacific nation of Fiji, and without adequate support, the nation would never be able to rebuild itself. So nights such as this go a long way in impacting the lives of thousands of people living in Fiji.
FIJIAM was created as a response to the floods that ravaged Fiji in January 2009. During these floods, the nation was in dire need of food, clothes and volunteers. With the help of various religious organisations, sporting groups, cultural radio stations and announcers, FIJIAM helped the nation recover. The group aims to collect funds and clothes throughout the year to prepare for the flood and hurricane season in the summer months; as well as provide volunteers to help recovery efforts from natural disasters. In the past, over six tonnes of clothing and food has been provided for the people of Fiji via donations collected by the FIJIAM committee.
Log in to www.fijiam.com for more information. Also check out their Facebook page.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Newspaper in Melbourne)