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Timely gift for woman

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, January 31, 2014

AN EMOTIONAL Kamal Jeet Kuar couldn't control her emotions yesterday knowing she would not have to worry so much about her daily struggles now.

She was among the many physically-challenged Fijians who benefited from a handover yesterday of 450 wheelchairs and 627 pieces of mobility aid worth $235,000 from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the Spinal Injury Association of Fiji.

Mrs Jeet Kuar was diagnosed with a virus in February last year and was bedridden until mid-December when she had to be moved to the Tamavua Rehabilitation Hospital.

That was when she started her life in a wheelchair.

"This is what we need every day," Mrs Jeet Kuar said.

"This wheelchair will be of great help because I will need it in my every movement daily and I wish to thank the church for attending to people like us.

"Thank you, LDS church."

The church's Fiji service centre manager Elder Taniela Wakolo said the donation clearly indicated how the church members carried the cross of Jesus and helped needy people by giving them joy and comfort.

"On the first Sunday of every month, we fast and the cost of two meals per family is donated towards this pool to help the poor and the needy," Mr Wakolo said.

"We are glad that we have been able to assist our brothers and sisters who have physical limitations."

Association executive officer Joshko Wakaniyasi said the generous contribution would be given to recipients without them paying for it.

He said the project was the first of such partnership with the church, and the organisation hoped to build a working relationship with LDS charities for continued support in assisting persons with disabilities in Fiji.