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Reaching out for help

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, March 15, 2014

THE Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) yesterday launched its annual street appeal.

The council is hoping members of the public will be generous again this year in contributing to the month-long appeal, as they have been in the past with the FNCDP making $10,000 in profit last year.

"Funds will go towards the vocational school which we run here for children and mothers who have dropped out of school, helping with new facilities around the school and maintenance of the bus, especially for those who use wheelchairs because there are quite a few people who use them here," explained chair of the fundraising committee Milika Roro.

"Last year we had it from February to March. Sometimes we have it for three weeks, sometimes for one month and sometimes we just have in-house fundraisers and we just really want to thank the public for their support these years."

FNCDP director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa said although they started the appeal again this year, the goal was to support their projects without reaching out for public help.

"We have programs which we run here which are intended to be income-generating to help us make money to maintain and upgrade our own facilities, but it seems this year we need the help of the public again."

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