Fiji’s High Commission to Australia has thanked the Australian public, including the Fijian diaspora, businesses and Friends of Fiji, for their generous response to the Fiji Cyclone and Flood Relief Appeal in Victoria. Over a short period of time, the team in Victoria was able to collect items such as clothes, bedding, blankets, pillow and pillow case, mattresses and kitchen utensils amongst other essential relief materials for Fijian families affected by tropical cyclones Josie and Keni that passed through Fiji.
“Due to the hard work and generosity of Victorians a 40-foot container with 8 tons of relief supplies was sent to Fiji. The items have been received by the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and will be quickly distributed in a transparent to those families in need. This kind assistance complements the Fijian Fiji High Commission, Canberra Government’s relief assistance initiative under the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) for Fiji,” said a press statement from the High Commission.
The Fijian diaspora and friends of Fiji are working hard to send an additional 20-foot container full of relief items in the near future.
“Australians are truly generous and many including the Fijian diaspora and businesses keep Fiji and Fijians close their hearts. This is a testament to a very strong comradeship between the two countries and the people. The High Commission also extends appreciation to the many organisations and individuals in New South Wales and Queensland who have assisted in this worthy cause,” said Fiji’s High Commissioner HE Mr Yogesh Punja.