FALE Dean, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate handing over the cheque to the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra.
A cheque of $10, 265 was officially handed over to the Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra, as funds collected from the recent ‘Vueti Viti’ concert and auction in aid of the victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
The fundraiser comprised live performances by local artists and the Oceania Dance group from USP’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) with the theme "Together We Are Stronger".
In handing over the cheque to the Vice-Chancellor, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) Dr Akanisi Kedrayate said, “We would like you to have the honour of receiving the cheque because it was your initiative that has enabled the University to come together in a coordinated way to help those who have been victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston.”
“We at OCACPS and FALE are grateful to have staged it and raise this money,” she noted.
Professor Rajesh Chandra acknowledged the effort by OCACPS and the Faculty in general for becoming a part of the University’s overall response to the tragedy and suffering that was brought about by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
“The University is very much a part of the community and I have been very pleased to see how the entire University including staff and students in all campuses demonstrated their solidarity, to show that they care about the suffering and plight of others,” he said.
Professor Chandra said this effort adds to the University’s overall response to the cyclone relief and rehabilitation efforts.
“This is a significant amount, together with all the other contributions. This signals to the (Fijian) Government just how committed the University is to helping the people and the Government in rehabilitating those who have been tragically affected,” he added.
The Vueti Viti concert was successfully hosted in April 2016 at the Australia-Pacific lecture theatre in Laucala.
On 8 March 2016, a USP Cyclone Relief Committee was formed to give direction to a range of relief initiatives undertaken by various stakeholders within the University.
These included staff appeal, student association fundraisers, T-shirt fundraisers, availing of support services such as counselling, Pacific Market Days and stationery and book drives to assist schools in cyclone-affected areas.
The Oceania Centre’s Pacific Outreach Programme for Polynesia (POPP) in Apia, Samoa also organised a drive on 20 March, 2016 to raise funds for the children of Fiji.
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