Randy Sugiyama Chite, a student from the Solomons Islands, who walked around Viti Levu to raise funds for those affected by TC Winston handed over a donation of $1723.86 to Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) today. Accompanying him was the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Patterson Oti and representatives from the Solomon Islands Student Association (SISA) of University of the South Pacific (USP).
“This is just a small contribution to assist in the recovery operations of TC Winston. We are here today to acknowledge Randy’s efforts and also represent the High Commission, Solomon Islands government and the Solomon Island students who are currently studying here in USP through SISA,” said H.E. Patterson Oti.
In receiving the donation, Mr. Eseroma Ledua, FRCS Operations Manager thanked Mr. Chite for the brave and unique initiative and for raising funds towards the Red Cross Appeal. “It is not only this donation that we have received from the Solomon Islands. We have received donations from the Solomon Islands government, Solomon Islands Red Cross and also the Fijian community in the Solomon Islands,” said Mr. Ledua. He added that “currently Fiji Red Cross is in the recovery phase of its operations.”
Mr. Chite began his walk around Viti Levu on June 26, 2016 and finished on July 11, 2016. FRCS to date has assisted a total of 14,299 households and reached more than 71,495 people affected by TC Winston.