ANZ Bank today announced it would donate $500,000 AUD to help Covid-19 relief efforts in eight Pacific countries.

Red Cross Fiji will receive $200,000 FJD to support their relief efforts for families affected by the global pandemic and cyclone Harold.  

ANZ Fiji Country Head, Saud Minam said the double crisis of dealing with cyclone Harold, on top of the global Covid-19 pandemic has meant many Fijians are experiencing significant hardship and there are families in real need, where one or more caregiver has lost employment.

“This donation to the Red Cross is intended to help Fijian families in need support each other, to provide healthy food, help them maintain good hygiene practices and social distancing,” said Mr Minam.  

ANZ Regional Executive for the Pacific Tessa Price said combating the spread of Covid-19 was a regional challenge and that ANZ is playing its role to support our customers and communities.  

“The Pacific Islands are closely connected and we need to work together to stop the spread of Covid-19 but recovering from the impacts of Cyclone Harold makes social distancing incredibly challenging for many. ANZ hopes this donation goes some way to combating these challenges,” said Ms Price.

“For our customers in hardship, we encourage you to talk to us about your banking options during this time”.   Director General for the Red Cross in Fiji, Ilisapeci Rokotunidau, said the staff and volunteers felt overwhelmed by the donation.  

“The cyclone has come and gone but the destruction and despair it has left behind is so heart-wrenching.

This assistance will enable the Fiji Red Cross to provide some relief to families, households and individuals in need. It will also help us to address our efforts to ensure we have safer communities all over Fiji.”  

The donation follows fee removals, interest rate reductions and loan repayment deferral options already offered by ANZ to support Pacific customers experiencing hardship due to Covid-19.

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