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Timely aid for Nadi families

Maciu Malo
Monday, February 25, 2013

TWO families in Nadi were fortunate to be assisted by the Fiji Red Cross Society who gave roofing iron worth $3000.

The two families had their homes destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Evan in December last year.

Timaima Vanakitoga thanked the Red Cross for assisting her family to build a new home.

"At the moment, I am looking after my parents and my husband is unemployed," Ms Vanakitoga said.

"We have been living in a tent donated by the club for the past months and we are so grateful to Red Cross for this huge contribution," she said.

Togomasi sisters Jasma Wati and Bedh Mati were emotional after receiving the assistance.

"Our house was destroyed by the cyclone and we are sheltering at one of our nephews' home in Togomasi," said Ms Wati.

"We are fortunate to be assisted by Red Cross and through our social welfare scheme, we will now try to buy timber to build our new house."

Red Cross disaster officer Jaz Mohammed said the assistance was funded through one of their donors.

"In fact, the donor read The Fiji Times article on these two families and that prompted him to donate roofing iron to assist the families," said Mr Mohammed.

"The media plays a vital role in identifying families desperately needing assistance.

"The Red Cross mostly identify and assists the neediest families of the community and we are grateful to continue assisting members of the public through our donors."

He said the roofing iron was given by Pasifika Roofing and Metal Supplies director Peter Datt.


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