Fiji

Church donates to flood relief efforts

People affected from the January and March floods in the western division can expect to continue receiving supplies thanks to the generosity of the many organisations who have contributed for those affected.

This was the comment by the Ministry of Provincial Development and Disaster Management permanent secretary, Mr Inia Seruiratu, as he received donated food items from the Latter Day Saints church in Suva today.

The $55,000 worth of food items includes bottled water, rice, sugar, tin fish and biscuits among others.

“We do not help people just because we have the money,” said church elder Taniela Wakolo.

“We help them because we are all brothers and sisters and we contribute from our tithe and offerings to help those in need.”

The money used to purchase the food items have been drawn from a pool of humanitarian relief funds which was contributed by church members from around the world.

This is not the first time for LDS to come forward to assist those that were affected by natural disasters.

“Following the January floods and also cyclone Mick and Thomas – the Church came forward donating towards efforts in rebuilding lives of those affected,” PS Seruiratu said.

He added that government and the people were indebted to religious organisations, business houses, non – governmental organisations, communities, the international development partners and individuals who pitched in to help their fellow countrymen following the disaster.

“On behalf of Government and the people, we wish to thank all organisations that have been forthcoming and assisting government in trying to put the lives of those affected back to normalcy,” he said.