Vendors give to drive

DESPITE facing a downturn in revenue because of rising prices, vendors from the Sigatoka market collected more than $1235 towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.

President of the Sigatoka Market Vendors Association Deo Chand said they felt compelled to contribute because of the hardship faced by those affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“We can go home and spend time with our families and eat good food, but our brothers and sisters in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki and in outer islands like Koro have lost family members and don’t have any food,” he said.

“That is why we got together and collected this money.”

Lautoka Municipal Market vendors began their fundraising drive yesterday.

Kaliappa “Rajesh” Naidu, a vendor for 30 years, said the Sugar City drive would be held for one week.

“We want the people who have lost family members and their homes to know that we care about them,” he said.

Mr Naidu said the funds would be kept in the market master’s office until the drive ended next week.

“My brother, if we had plenty money, we would load up all our vegetables and take them to our brothers and sisters who are crying for food,” he said.

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