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Bank joins flood recovery efforts

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, April 23, 2012

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited staff members distributed food packs, household goods and clothes along the Sigatoka, Nadi and Lautoka corridor last week after raising more than $20,000 for flood victims in the Western Division through a two-week internal flood relief appeal.

Communications manager Lancaster Fong said funds raised through the appeal by branches across the country were matched by the ANZ staff Foundation.

"This brought the number of cartons of food collected to more than 600 not including clothes, school stationery, household items and kitchen utensils which were also distributed," he said.

Judy Compain, ANZ staff foundation head, said her members were deeply affected when they saw the extent of devastation the floods had caused.

"We don't understand the enormity of the situation here in the west until you're here on the ground," she said.

"It's specially difficult given many of these communities were only just beginning to recover from the January flood. We hope this donation provides some relief to help them focus on recovery."

Villagers in affected areas expressed gratitude to the bank officers while DISMAC officer for Sabeto District Dan Tifare said assistance by organisations like ANZ went a long way in assisting families recovery efforts.

The ANZ Bank has given $100,000 since the January flood.


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