USP Pro-Chancellor Mr Winston Thompson (left) and Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra at the handing over of the cheque donation to the Attorney General and Minister for Finance Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) has donated FJ$100,000 to the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund to help the victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston (TC Winston) as the first part of a broader support towards Fiji’s relief efforts.
USP Pro-Chancellor Mr Winston Thompson and Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra officially handed over the cheque to the Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Public Enterprises, Public Service and Communications, Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on 3 March, 2016.
The University is also organising fundraising activities with its staff, students and other stakeholders. It will also offer the services of its professional and technical staff in the relevant areas of need. The University has been encouraged by the personal efforts that members of staff and students have made to help in the relief effort in addition to the University’s main relief assistance campaign.
Professor Chandra said the University is acutely aware of the devastation, loss of life and suffering caused by Cyclone Winston.
USP Pro-Chancellor Mr Winston Thompson said the University stands in support and solidarity with the Fijian people and will provide Government with the utmost support to help Fiji rebuild and recover from the devastating impact of the cyclone.
The University will continue to work in close partnership with the Government of Fiji, our member countries and CROP agencies in order to ensure a coordinated and strategic emergency response,” Professor Chandra said.
Honourable Attorney General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while receiving the cheque, thanked the University for the much needed donation to assist in the relief and rehabilitation efforts for the people affected by the cyclone.
“All and any assistance is most welcome and we would like to thank you for your generous donation of $100, 000,” Honourable Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said Government is looking forward to the technical assistance offered by USP which is essential for the whole rehabilitation process and also getting the country back on track.
“I think you are absolutely right in the kind of technical assistance we need which is really critical and in some areas, it’s more the technical assistance whether it is to test the environment or whether it is actually the level of intellectual capital,” he added.
Honourable Sayed-Khaiyum said that the assistance offered by tertiary students will be of great help in times of such disaster situations.
“One thing I think that is probably very clear is that we need to, for the future, organise tertiary students to pre-plan on how they can be mobilised and used, whether it is to do with assisting the FNPF or whether it is assisting in various other areas or even going out into the field,” he said.
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