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New Zealanders contribute $130,000 to support Fijian Children impacted by COVID-19

New Zealanders contribute $130,000 to support Fijian Children impacted by COVID-19

By Sheenal Charan
Saturday 26/06/2021
Save the Children New Zealand Chief Executive, Heidi Coetzee. [Image: Stuff.co.nz]

Hundreds of Fijian children whose families’ incomes have been decimated by the impacts of COVID-19 will receive grocery packs.

This has been made possible through the generosity of New Zealanders towards Save the Children New Zealand’s emergency appeal which was launched three weeks ago.

The packs will include food supplies, soap, surgical masks, nappies and sanitary pads.

So far, the aid has already reached 165 families in dire need with around 650 more to be reached in the next week.

Save the Children says since launching the appeal, they have had many more requests and the money will help feed 1800 families in need.

Save the Children New Zealand Chief Executive, Heidi Coetzee says the team was humbled by the generosity of Kiwis to their Pacific neighbours.

She says they hoped to raise $50,000 but delighted to have raised this significant contribution and they hope it will go towards alleviating the intense pressure that many families in Fiji are currently facing.

She says the grocery packs will help save the lives of many children and help protect a generation for Fiji’s future rebuild.

Save the Children Fiji’s Chief Executive, Shairana Ali says the organisation is extremely grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the New Zealand public to help Fijian families.

She says the donated funds will reach families in the central and western division of Viti Levu which are severely impacted by COVID-19.

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