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From the heart

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, January 04, 2014

STAFF of the Reserve Bank of Fiji got together to bring joy to the residents of Veisida Hart last month, delivering groceries and gifts to residents.

They did this as part of their social committee's community service activity that was scheduled for last month.

Chief manager for the Risk Management and Communications Group Lorraine Seeto said the bank specifically requested for the identification of the least visited community within the HART Family and were directed to the Veisida HART by HART CEO Paserio Furivai.

Ms Seeto said they were divided into groups for the activity.

"Each group was assigned with specific households, to cater for the family groceries and children's gifts, giving them the liberty to prepare and pack own boxes," she said.

"It would be a journey never to be forgotten by many of us.

"Firstly, we did not anticipate the hardship in reaching the venue — walking about 100 steps downhill to reach the community hall.

"Walking down once would be forgettable. However, to walk up and down several times to deliver about 40 cartons of groceries, not to mention gifts for 30 children, would be very difficult to forget."

She explained that the staff members of the bank felt privileged and honoured to have served people in true need adding that the residents were appreciative of their gesture.

"This sentiment was mirrored by the marama-ni-koro Ana Talei who in delivering her vote of thanks, was very emotional, mentioning that they were truly grateful in our effort to reach out to Vesida HART."

"In co-ordinating the community project, our aim was to lift the spirits of the residents in feeling the festive mood of Christmas and bring smiles to the children."