Photo: Volunteers in Victoria with donated items that was despatched to Fiji

Fiji’s High Commission to Australia wishes to sincerely thank the Australian public, including the Fijian diaspora, businesses and Friends of Fiji, for their generous response to the Fiji Cyclone and Flood Relief Appeal in Victoria. Over a short period of time, the team in Victoria was able to collect items such as clothes, bedding, blankets, pillow and pillow case, mattresses and kitchen utensils amongst other essential relief materials for Fijian families affected by Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni that passed through Fiji.

Australian are truly generous and many including the Fijian diaspora and businesses keep Fiji and Fijian close their hearts. This is a testament to a very strong comradeship between the two countries and the people. Due to the hard work and generosity of Victorians a 40-foot containers with 8 tons of relief supplies was sent to Fiji. The items have now been received by the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and will be quickly distributed in a transparent to those families in need. This kind assistance complements the Fijian Government’s relief assistance initiative under the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) for Fiji.

The Fijian diaspora and friends of Fiji are working hard to send an additional 20-foot container full of relief items in the near future.

On behalf of the Fijian Government and the Fijian people, Fiji’s High Commissioner H.E Mr Yogesh Punja wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the business community, religious organisations, non-governmental organisations in Victoria and the many volunteers for taking out personal time and significantly contributing towards a successful outcome. The High Commission also extends appreciation to the many organisations and individuals in New South Wales and Queensland that have assisted in this worthy cause.