Rotary Clubs in Fiji today handed over F$280,000 worth of assistance for the people of Fiji residing in the Western and Central Divisions who had their houses destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Harold.  The provision of the ERKs on Monday and todays handover bring Rotary’s assistance towards TC Harold to over F$0.5 million. 

Rotary Fiji provided the following items:

  • 216
    Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s) to the Commissioner Western’s Office in
    Lautoka for damages in the Yasawa Group of islands, Malolo Island and rest of
    the Western division.
  • 63
    more Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s) to the NDMO Office in Suva for use
    in the Central division.  Of the 73 ERK’s
    provided on Monday 13th April, 62 were sent to Vatulele and Beqa today.
  • 110
    Aquabox ‘Family’ (these are very similar to ERKs packed and distributed by
    Aquabox Australia, a project of the Rotary Club of Eltham in Victoria,
    Australia. These have been handed over to NDMO Office in Suva.
  • 12
    Aquabox ‘30’ containing water purification aid items, each box capable of
    supporting 150 people for 110 days. These also have been handed over to NDMO
    Office in Suva.

Rotary Fiji would like to thank their partners Rotary NZ World Community Services (RNZWCS), New Zealand Governments Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Aquabox Australia for provision of the ERKs and Aquaboxes.

This is a
coordinated response led by Rotarians in Fiji, working closely with

NDMO New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade (MFAT) through its High Commission in Suva and Aquabox Australia.,

RNZWCS co-ordinator Stuart Batty and District 9920 Governor
Gary Langford based in New Zealand are in regular communication with Rotary
Fiji for reports on damages and needs assessments to be able to provide
humanitarian assistance required following TC Harold.

Rotary Fiji and RNZWCS based in Christchurch, have been
providing humanitarian assistance to communities in Fiji over the last 15

As part of
its regional prepositioned supplies programme, New Zealand Government’s

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have agreed fund the
replenishment of the Rotary ERKs used for TC Harold to support rapid responses
in preparation for such future emergencies.


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