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USP hands over $5000 to Fiji Government for flood appeal

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(L-R): Professor Richard Coll, USP's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services, Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and Group Manager Campus Life, Mr Glenn Pope during the cheque handover ceremony at USP's Laucala Campus.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) handed the Fiji Government a cheque of $5639.96, collected from a flood appeal on July 31 2018.

In an official ceremony at the Laucala Campus, the cheque was presented to the Honourable Mrs Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation by Professor Richard Coll, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS), and Mr Glenn Pope, the Group Manager Campus Life.

Earlier this year, Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni caused widespread devastation to Fiji and the damage to the livelihood and infrastructure was widespread and sadly there was some loss of lives as well.

In response to these disasters, USP with the assistance of the Campus Life Department, organised a fund raising event called “Bands by the Bar” to raise funds for the victims.

Hon. Vuniwaqa said it was good to note that students of the University had taken this initiative for a good cause in order to assist fellow citizens during their time of need.

“I am pleased that USP is nurturing its students to not only excel academically but is also shaping them to be compassionate citizens which is demonstrated through this fundraising and donation,” Hon. Vuniwaqa said.

Professor Coll said it was a privilege to be handing over the cheque saying it demonstrated the goodwill of the USP community in thinking about those who had been affected by the natural disasters.

“USP believes in strengthening communities by standing together and this assistance for the flood victims is a small way in which USP is reaching out to do exactly that,” he remarked.

“While natural disasters come and leave, people pick up the pieces, and get back to their busy lives but we wish to assure that we also consider the needs of our people and will stand by to provide support in whatever way we can,” he said.

The fundraising event was held at the USP Wot Eva Bar and received overwhelming support from the USP staff and students and the community at large.

Seventeen (17) corporate sponsors also gave towards the appeal, in cash and kind.

Another example of the University’s way of giving back to the community is the monthly blood donations by USP staff and students

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