Krishna Raju the Master of the Lodge of Fiji said the Lodge was pleased to be able to donate $10,000 to Save the Children Fiji to support 100 under-privileged families, specifically for those who had children with special needs, during this time of national crisis brought on by the Covid 19 Pandemic.
He said the Lodge was grateful to be able to work with Save the Children Fiji who would manage the distribution of 100 food packs to families who desperately needed assistance.
Mr Raju said the food packs would also include a Teddy bear that we hope will brighten children’s day and bring some joy to them.
Mr Raju said the Lodge of Fiji had a long history of donating to Charity since it was established in 1882. Recent projects to assist various sectors of the community which demonstrates the good work the Lodge Charity does included.
- Education support of $60,000 approx. for 1,100 children on Vanuabalavu and Koro following the devastation of TC Winston when they lost all their schoolbooks and equipment.
- Fundraising to support a $9,000 donation to WoWs in 2020.
- Education support of $15,000 approx. to children in schools on seven islands in Southern Lau when they lost all their schooling needs following TC Yasa in Dec 2020 and TC Ana in Jan 2021
- Other small grants to assist under-privileged and needy families.
Ross McDonald the treasurer of the Lodge of Fiji said that assisting those in need was part of a Freemason’s commitment to the broader community, and this donation through Save the Children was targeted to assist those families with children who have special needs.
Shairana Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Fiji thanked the Lodge of Fiji patrons for their support and timely assistance that will benefit 100 families. She also highlighted the need for other good Samaritans to join hands to help families during the difficult time the country is facing.