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Great inspiration to see the Fijian spirit alive and well - PM

Great inspiration to see the Fijian spirit alive and well - PM

By Naveel Krishant
Saturday 27/02/2016
Vinod Patel Group Director and Foundation Trustee Bachubhai Patel with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says while it has been heart breaking to witness the devastation left behind by Monster Cyclone Winston, it has also been a great inspiration for him to see the Fijian spirit alive and well.

Bainimarama says in the face of such adversity where family members have been lost or injured and many houses destroyed, he has been greeted with smiles around the country.

Speaking at the handing over of $250,000 worth of corrugated roofing irons and screws from the Vinod Patel Foundation to the PM’s Relief and Rehabilitation Fund Bainimarama said it moved him greatly to see far from being overwhelmed by defeat and despair most people are cheerfully determined to clean up and rebuild.

He says he is determined that the government will do everything it can and as quickly as it can to help those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston get back on their feet.

He adds they are doing everything humanely possible to deliver water, food and shelter to everyone in the affected areas and he thanked every Fijian involved in relief efforts and also overseas friends who have come to assist in our hour of need.

Vinod Patel Group Director and Foundation Trustee Bachubhai Patel says in times of natural disaster, it is extremely important to work together and assist the most vulnerable in our communities and they are delighted to play a small part rebuilding the nation.  

Meanwhile, Vinod Patel will also be giving $150,000 worth of building materials to its employees who were affected by cyclone Winston.

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