Club receives $2500

LAUTOKA’S Purple Rose Club received $2500 from Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation to boost their income generation projects.

Foundation executive Ambalika Prakash said the club helped the disadvantaged and vulnerable populace.

“We are on a journey to help the community-based women and youth club’s hearty causes that in turn sustain small groups and continue to inspire us. Purple Rose Club was established in 2014 through small morning teas and contributions from members,” said club president Celine Worthington.

“The Purple Rose women’s group ventured into helping children and poor communities with education and health rejuvenating projects,” said Ms Prakash.

“Since its inception, we have executed about 100 small projects,” she added.

She said the club planned to use the money to support projects that had the potential to be successful. The club also had plans to conduct a major fundraising drive to help support more income generating projects undertaken in the Western Division.

Teasurer Praveen Lata said over the years, support had been extended to children with heart ailments, school and hostel fees and the installation of electricity and water projects.

“Our projects also includes helping TC Winston victims, cancer patients, seed funding to start small business such as selling roti parcels and juice,” she said.

She said the club approached the foundation for funding to sustain its charity activities.

Secretary Milika Marshall said the group was fortunate that good Samaritans sometimes gave one-off funding to support their plans.

Ms Prakash said Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation, the charitable arm of Vodafone Fiji Ltd and Amalgamated Telecom Holdings, was committed to the continued support of innovative and creative projects.

“So far, the $19 million social investment is creating waves of projects in the community ranging from health, education, economic growth and social development projects,” she said.

“These projects also steer people away from suffering, as well as create employment at various levels.

“We motivate clubs to reinvest profits into other social and economic projects of the community.”

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