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USP student raises funds for TC Winston rehab

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Randy Chite during his walk around Viti Levu.

A student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) raised funds for the victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston by walking around Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island from 26 June to 10 July 2016.

Randy Chite, a student in Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Science said he usually went out on field trips around Fiji during his course of study and has also been to some of the places affected by TC Winston.

“Wherever our class went, we were always warmly welcomed by the villagers. They gave us the best food and rooms. In all of the field trips I have been to, I have seen villagers, both men and women including children lending a hand just to make us feel at home,” he explained.

“It reminded me a lot of my family back home. After seeing the devastation of those places following TC Winston, I felt sympathy for the villagers,” he said.

“To me, they are like my family. So that is why whatever the cost and challenges, I came up with the idea to walk around Viti Levu just to raise funds for them,” Randy highlighted.

“I hope to raise some funds to help Red Cross in assisting those who are still struggling after TC Winston. The money may not be enough but it's from my heart and other donors to the victims,” Randy said.

He noted that in some way, it might help in the short term while the affected families wait for the harvest of their cash crops.

This is the first time he has done something huge like this and it is something he will definitely take back with him.

Randy collected more than FJD$1000 from his walk-a-thon.

This news item was published on 13 Jul 2016 02:15:33 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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