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Trio bring smiles

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A NEWLY formed Australian NGO has committed itself to helping rebuild rural communities following Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Bring A Smile was founded by three former Fiji citizens, who arrived in the country after Severe TC Winston struck.

One of them is Arun Kumar of Veisaru, Ba, who said the devastation they witnessed prompted them to do more for the community.

"At first, we did a bit of fundraising on our own and brought 1.3 tonnes of clothing, which was distributed in Rakiraki and Tavua," Mr Kumar said.

"We also visited four primary schools that were badly damaged by the cyclone and the first thing we noticed was that these schools relied on boreholes and were without electricity, they could not access water.

"We then made a promise to the head teachers of these schools that we would supply them with generators."

The group has since returned to Fiji and were expected to give four generators to Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy in Rakiraki.

Mr Kumar said the generators cost about $10,000, which was bought after fundraising drives organised in Australia and the US.

The NGO is looking into the possibility of taking up the Adopt-A-School program.

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