There are various organisations and individuals in Australia and New Zealand donating goods and money to the flood relief in Fiji including the Jyoti Club in Sydney. Some people have phoned us asking where they can help. Containers sent by shipping are costly (about $3500 plus wharfage in Fiji $800 or more). Wouldn't it be good if Air Pacific or Qantas would send goods for free?
Someone commented in a Fiji blog that the Methodist Church in Fiji has not done much to help so far. Well, the Uniting Church in Australia responded to the Methodist Church in Fiji's request for help and are having a national appeal to all of the Uniting Churches.
There are ex-Fiji people in Australia who still care about Fiji such as the Jyoti Club in Sydney. A story in the Fiji Times is about their recent donation to Vanua Levu children.
from Fiji Times
Good Samaritans donate booksThursday, January 29, 2009
Jyoti Charity Club of Sydney donates school stationery to children in Labasa
MORE than 100 students in the north received school stationery on Tuesday from a group of good Samaritans living in Australia.
The Jyoti Charity Club of Sydney in Australia raised more than $6000 and bought school stationery and paid the school fees for some needy students.
Club president Saroj Raj, who arrived in the country last week, said this was the sixth year the club had assisted the students of Fiji.
"Every year we help the students of Fiji in different parts of the country paying for school fees and supplying stationery," she said.
"The club also depends on donations from friends in Australia," she said.
"After seeing the flood reports in the overseas media, we decided to expand our help to cane farmers in Bua who were also affected so food will be distributed to them."