Acting President Anare Jale stated that; âThe massive rehabilitation works required, needs everyone, and we cannot leave Government alone or the NGOâs to provide the relief efforts. Sodelpa is calling on those wishing to offer their professional services to indicate so to the Sodelpa office, where preparations are now underway for volunteer efforts to be released shortly to assist communities rebuild their lives. We call on professionals and semi-professionals, retired civil servants from the Public Works Department, Department of Water and Sewerage, the FEA, retired nurses and teachers, carpenters, plumbers, and etc., to please register your services and join us and the rest of Fiji in providing relief efforts to areas worst affectedâ, he said.
In the meantime, Sodelpa is also seeking support from those who may have access or own resources like chainsaws, extension cords, hammers and other similar items that they can lend to those needing them urgently at the moment.
âSodelpa is putting together a list of resources and as requests come in like those being received currently, they can be directed to those who indicate their ability to lend such resources, or their expertise themselves.â Jale said.
Authorised By: Anare Jale â Vice President.
SODELPA LAUNCHES HURRICANE AND DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL
The SODELPA Party is joining the national effort to respond and provide practical support to victims of tropical cyclone Winston. Launching the appeal, Acting President Mr. Anare Jale said âWe sympathise with families who have lost loved ones and our thoughts and prayers are with hundreds who have lost all. No Fijian is not affected by the damages and disaster caused by TC Winston. The magnitude of the disaster experienced means this is a national responsibility, not one just left to Government officials alone and we are all needed to provide support.â
The SODELPA Hurricane and Disaster Relief Appeal has been established under the auspices of a Special Committee chaired by Mr. Simi Rasova and a separate special bank account is being opened by the Party office.
The party has been notified of specific items that have been requested by the areas that have been badly hit and Party officials and SODELPA MPs have begun to pledge financial support. The party is calling on members and supporters and the general public to bring contributions in cash or kind to commence on Friday 26th February at the Party headquarters at 66 McGregor Road. This appeal will continue for the duration of 30 days state of national disaster.