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Red Cross thanks Australia and the ABC for helping Fiji

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the thousands of Australians who gave generously to help the people of Fiji after its devastating cyclone.

Wednesday March 9, 2016

Judy Slatyer
Red Cross CEO Judy Slatyer takes calls from people donating to the Cyclone Winston Appeal. Photo: Australian Red Cross

"To all those who have donated to help the people of Fiji, I thank you from the bottom of my heart," said Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross.  

"I'd also like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone at the ABC, for the hugely successful #FijiAppeal day run last week, across all channels, which raised nearly $1.5 million to help the people of Fiji as they recover from this destructive cyclone.

"The total raised via the ABC includes a generous $200,000 pledge from Gandel Philanthropy, aimed at inspiring others to help the people of Fiji in their hour of need. 

"Many donors have told us moving stories confirming the strong connection between Australians and Fijians. Much more support is needed to help Fijians rebuild their lives and recover from the most powerful cyclone to ever hit their communities.  

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"These are very tough times for the people of Fiji, with tens of thousands still living in evacuation centres or needing help with shelter. Many have lost their homes and everything they own.  

"On Koro and several other islands, between 90 and 100 per cent of homes have been wiped out. This is going to take a very big effort for these communities to recover.  

"We're getting aid supplies to communities across Fiji, including tarpaulins, shelter tool kits, water containers and technical support to help people rebuild  with safer more disaster-proof houses.  

"We're working closely with the Government of Fiji, who is leading the response and other agencies, including the United Nations and the Australian Government on this complex relief and recovery operation," Ms Slatyer said.

"Health remains a priority, with thousands of people lacking sufficient clean water and access to sanitation facilities. We stand by the people of Fiji for the long term."

Read more about how Red Cross is helping in Fiji.