Five-hundred families across Vanua Levu, Fiji, will receive relief parcels after ANZ Fiji today announced it would donate F$30,000 to Fijian community organisations providing relief to families affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.
The Fiji Staff Foundation has also donated a further F$10,000 for relief and rebuild efforts, bringing the total donation to F$40,000. The amount is in addition to the $500,000 ANZ donated to Pacific organisations, including the Fiji Red Cross, earlier this year.
ANZ Fiji Country Head Saud Minam said cyclone season had come early this year and the swift distribution of relief to impacted communities was crucial.
“People are doing it tough out there, and TC Yasa was the last thing Fijians needed in the lead up to the 2020 festive season,” he said.
“From our conversations with community partners, we understand that the immediate need is to provide food, clean water, and shelter to affected communities in Vanua Levu.
“Our care packages will cover off these basics to help people get back on their feet. “We will be partnering with local community organisations again in the New Year to help kids and their families prepare for the new school year with school bags and stationery.”
The donation will be divided among a number of community organisations – including Rise Beyond the Reef, HART Homes, Treasure Home and Purple Rose – who are working hard to bring relief to the island.
ANZ Regional Executive for the Pacific Tessa Price said it was important the bank gave a helping hand to those in need, particularly in a year when Pacific communities have been hit by multiple cyclones and Covid-19.
“We’ve been working hard this year to help our customers and communities here in the Pacific who were impacted by Covid-19 and Cyclone Harold, and we’ll continue to support communities in need in Fiji,” she said. The packs will be distributed in the coming days.