Firm joins drug fight
19 September, 2023, 2:00 pm
In a bid to address the alarming issue of drug usage, employees of Motibhai Suva collaborated with Drug Free Fiji and the Fiji Police Force to create a drug awareness program for 120 individuals earlier this month.
This was part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity in Kalekana Settlement, Lami.
Motibhai national sales manager Rajesh Kumar said the concerted effort was aimed at creating awareness and addressing the alarming issue of drug usage in the area.
“The event targeted youths and single mothers,” Mr Kumar said.
He said Kalekana Settlement was identified as a “Red zone area” for drug usage, making it imperative for organisations such as Motibhai to take proactive steps towards addressing this pressing concern.
“A particularly surprising revelation was that even children were familiar with the street names of these substances, as they knew that marijuana is commonly referred to as ‘Mary J’.
“In addition to the educational sessions, Motibhai Suva staff distributed drug-free awareness pamphlets to the audience, further underlying the importance of making informed choices.
“Motibhai’s decision to partner with Drug Free Fiji stems from the recognition of the escalating issue of drug consumption and its profound impact on families across Fiji.
“By aligning efforts with Drug Free Fiji, Motibhai Suva aims to provide vital support in the endeavour to disseminate awareness on a larger scale as the war on drugs is one that cannot be fought by police alone but requires a national holistic effort.
“This CSR initiative marks the beginning of a sustained effort by Motibhai Suva and its partners to combat the scourge of drug usage in Fiji’s communities.
“Through collective action and educational outreach, they aspire to create a safer and more informed environment for the residents of Kalekana Settlement.”
Meanwhile, manager people and culture Sanjay Kumar said being a corporate organisation, they were deeply concerned about the distressing trend of children becoming entangled in the cycle of substance abuse.