Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) in partnership with Punjas Group of Companies started the distribution of the Solidarity Funding Packages to the players and officials affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and Tropical Cyclone Harold.
The Fiji FA Social Responsibility team together with Board of Control (BOC) members distributed in the districts of Nadroga, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki last week.
This Solidarity funding was developed by Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in order to support staff, volunteers, players, coaches, referees and the wider football community across Oceania during this difficult time and the Oceania countries affected by TC Harold.
And this assistance last week brought smiles to the affected players and their families during this difficult point in time.
Yalalevu, Ba resident Doreen Skipper, who is the mother of current Suva rep Simione Nabenu, thanked Fiji FA and OFC with a smile on her face after receiving the assistance.
“I am very much thankful to Fiji FA who has thought of us in this hard time to provide assistance with a good pack of groceries,” she said.
Nadi futsal coach/manager Vikash Chand echoed similar sentiments on behalf of the team.
“I would like to thank Fiji FA and OFC for a timely assistance with food packs to Nadi Futsal players and to all other players receiving around the country during this global pandemic.
“This help has brought smiles and happiness to players and their families. God Bless Fiji FA and OFC.”
Vereti Dickson, Nadi goalkeeper said, “what they received on Sunday was beyond expectation and it can feed his family for a month.”
Project manager Lavenia Yalovi said she was emotionally touched after listening to stories from the players and their families during the distribution last week.
“I was emotionally touched listening to stories of how Covid-19 and TC Harold had affected the livelihood of football players, officals, volunteers especially in terms of food source and income as many footballers depend on income/allowance from football,” she said.
“It will take time to fully recover but the assistance from OFC through the OFC solidarity funding is highly appreciated.
“We would like to thank all BOC members including president Mr. Rajesh Patel, Mr. Aiyaz Musa, Mr. Jitendra Kumar, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Krishna and all District officials for assisting the distribution and being at various handover venue to distribute the food packages to recipients.”