For those of us at home, and those currently travelling in Fiji to watch and see the stories coming in from a country in which we adore is absolutely heart breaking.

Currently the statics are 24 dead and 70% of Fiji misplaced. It is those that are up north and the remote villages that were affected most. Some villages are still awaiting assistance and could be days until they receive help.

I was fortunate to have the shelter of a resort, the people of Fiji were less fortunate and as I left Fiji on Monday a wash of guilt came over me. And as I sat at my desk at work yesterday I felt helpless. Since the day after the cyclone I’ve been looking for ways in which I can help, contact various charities to see if I can assist in any way.

For the time being I thought I would share ways in which we can all help.
I will update the list as more arise.

WITHIN FIJI — For those who are currently in Fiji

» MaiLife Magazine Appeal

Collecting the following items: Milk, sugar, biscuits, canned meat, canned fish, rice, flour, washing soap, baby formula (SMA), tarpaulins, beddings and clothes.

Drop off points:
Ashok’s Transport warehouse
Jai Ambalam Street
Bhindi Subdivision
Vatuwaqa
Suva

Mai Life Magazine
1 Thurston Street
Suva.

» Favours of Fiji Cooking School Appeal

Collecting the following items: Sugar, flour, dahl, rice, cabin crackers, tinned foods, noodles, powdered milk, bottled water, tea, soap, washing powder, toilet paper, matches, candles, mosquito coils.

Drop off points:
– Raffles Gateway Hotel, Nadi Airport (Queens Road, Nadi Airport)
– McDonalds Nadi (Queens Road)
– Flavours of Fiji Cooking School (Denarau Industrial Estate)

Please ensure packages are clearly labelled – “Cyclone Winston Disaster Relief”

Should you wish to provide financial assistance and donate funds, please email info@flavoursoffiji.com or call Malisa on #9920144 or Alona on #9906992.

» Fiji Council of Social Services
has put out an urgent call for volunteers this Wednesday 26/02 and Thursday 27/02 to pack emergency food items that have already been provided to them by a development partner. These packs will be delivered to Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki this Friday 28/02. You can email your confirmation to projects@fcoss.org.fj or text 9993663.

» Port Denarau Marina
is converting a warehouse into a receiving, sorting and distribution centre. The following donations are especially needed; Water purification devices/tablets; tarpaulins ; rope/string ; storage containers to collect water in ; basic building supplies ; garbage bags ; baby formula ; nappies ; mosquito coils/insect repellent/nets ; candles ; matches ; soap ;washing powder ; disinfectant ; plasters, bandages ; painkillers; rice ; dhal; tinned foods ; can openers ; flour; breakfast crackers; tea ; sugar, and clothes (please ensure all are washed and clearly labelled by size and gender). To drop off donations, please go the PDML security booth and they will direct you to Warehouse #5 where you can drive in and unload goods. The Marina also has a forklift so can offload pallet deliveries too. Please advise beforehand though so we can facilitate smooth offloading. The warehouse will be open for deliveries from 9am tomorrow 24/02 morning.

If you are willing and able to assist with time or in any other way, please either call me on 707 5634 or message me. Apart from volunteers to help with receiving and sorting goods, we will also need drivers and vehicles to transport goods North.

» The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement
is doing a drive for women and children’s basic sanitary needs and infant food. Please donate at Fiji their office at 76 Gordon Street Suva. Or for further details contact 9408611

» Vou Dance
Collecting dry foods and linen at their office on 30 Desvoux Road for Koro.

» Plantation & Lomani Island Resort Collection
There are a number of items that our local villages Solevu (Shell Village) and Yaro need. These villages survived the Cyclone much better than some other areas around the country, but the following items would certainly help them get back on their feet:

1) Clothing
2) Bed Linen
3) School Bags
4) School Stationary

You can deliver it to Reception when you arrive and our Management team will ensure the items get delivered to the Staff Members that need them most.

» Fiji Government Appeal

has established bank accounts to receive financial donations in the wake of this crisis. These funds will be used to directly benefit those Fijians who have been left homeless, without adequate food, water and essential services – especially those in rural and maritime communities. Donations can be made through the bank accounts below and donors will not be charged any fees, including overseas transactions.

International and local donations can be made through the following account:

Bank: Australia New Zealand Banking Corporation
Account Number: 12628523
Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Cyclone Winston
Swift Code: ANZ BFJFX
BSB: 010 890

Local donations can be made through the following accounts:
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Account Number: 9806094927
Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Cyclone Winston
OR Bank: Bank of the South Pacific
Account Number: 80399804
Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Cyclone Winston
OR Bank: Home Finance Corporation Bank
Account Number: 17822 s10
Account Name: Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Cyclone Winston

FROM AFAR

** If you are sending items to collections please ensure clothes and items are clean and in good condition. LABEL your box or attach a list of items of the contents of your box before sending.

» Fiji Red Cross Society launched its National Appeal on 22/02. All funds received will be used to assist those affected by ‪#‎TCWinston‬.

Cash donations to Fiji Red Cross through the ANZ bank:
Bank Name: ANZ Banking Group Ltd
Account Name : Fiji Red Cross Society
Account Number: 1313354
BSB: 010890 (applicable for international deposits)
SWIFT CODE: ANZBFJFX (applicable for international deposits)
Please State in Narrative: TC Winston Fiji Red Cross Appeal and your name

» Red Cross Australia
http://www.redcross.org.au/cyclonewinstonappeal.aspx

» Belinda from Reelaxn

Food for Fiji appeal – will be sending as much non-perishable food to the island villages in the Yasawas : https://www.gofundme.com/foodforfiji

» Project Pasifika

Sending shipment from Australia to Koro Island, in the Lomaviti group.

Collecting the following: Tarps – even tents if they are in reasonable condition
Mosquito Nets
Mosquito Coils
Antiseptic Cream
Blankets/Pillows
Utensils ie. plates & cutlery
Food items that are long life..milk powder, tin meats, rice & packet noodles.

Drop off points: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectPasifika

» The Wedding Styling Co.

Collecting in Brisbane area for shipment to Fiji in 2 weeks time.
Full details: https://www.facebook.com/The-Wedding-Styling-Co-1557937904486458/?fref=nf

» Think Pacific

is raising funds to get much needed supplies to Koro Island, and the islands of Moturiki, Gau, Nairai and Batiki via their crowdfunding page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ThinkPacific . You can also follow their updates at www.facebook.com/thinkpacific

Until yesterday, there has been little to no assistance in the towns of Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki up to Tailevu who still have some areas that have no access.

» Pacific Smiles

Collections via Brisbane, Australia, and you can get in touch with them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Pacific-Smiles-172180676168350

» Reach 4 Your Future Foundation Fiji Disaster Relief is collecting donations in different parts of Australia, you can find out more at www.facebook.com/Fijirelief

» Rise Beyond the Reef
Today 24/02, we are starting to deliver a week’s rations of food supplies and basic household items to help seven of our partner communities in Ba transition through a very difficult time ahead. Our longer term relief efforts remain focused on building resiliency; improving school infrastructure, alternative income generation for women via the arts and crafts program and agriculture technical support to promote the planting for short, medium and long term crops to improve food security. Each of these efforts are critical and build on each other. If you would like to help support any of these efforts, the following are our banking details for Fiji-based donations, where we are a registered Chartiable Trust. Our goal is to raise $31,500 USD over the next two months.

Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Bank Address: 1 Samji Building, Namaka Lane, Nadi
A/C Name: Rise Beyond the Reef
A/C Number: 9805361426
BSB: 039010
Swiftcode: WPACFJFX

If you are abroad, you can click and pledge on the following link. ***Please note in the “recommendations” section of the online form that your donation is for “Rise Beyond the Reef”.
https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=48027
Rise Beyond the Reef is also a U.S. registered federally exempt nonprofit organization. All donations are fully tax deductiable.
For any other related questions – email us janet@risebeyondthereef.org or call +6797775742

» UNICEF NZ

UNICEF teams are responding to the immediate needs of children and families. Our prepositioned emergency supplies of health and water kits, water purification tablets as well as tarpaulins and school-in-a-box kits are being distributed. But much more assistance is needed urgently. Please donate now at: www.unicef.org.nz/fiji

» Turtle Island Appeal
Turtle Island have pledged FJD$20,000 upfront and we have gone ahead and pre-ordered FJD$50,000 worth of supplies. Should we hit our target within the next 36 hours, we will purchase the remaining items to be loaded on a barge and chartered out to the islands for a Friday afternoon arrival to our area.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/cyclone-winston

» Fiji Fashion Designer Sonam Spra

I have started this private fund in hopes to collect USD 500,000 + to do the following for the South of Taveuni:

-Rebuild Jetty
-Bring Temp Medical Supplies, Water and Food
-Build better and stronger houses for those displaced
-Create pipe lines that tap into natural water sources
-Build good roads
-provide power lines for electricity

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/savetaveuni

» Koro Sun Resort Staff Relief Fund

We have set up a cyclone relief fund specifically for Koro Sun staff, their families, and the villages of Waivunia and Nagigi.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/friendsofkorosun

» Treasure and Bounty Island Staff Recovery Fund

Whilst we have been fortunate at Treasure and Bounty Island in terms of the damage sustained, many of our staff have not been so lucky. There are so many reports of damage and loss to houses, and tragically in some cases staff have still not been able to reach their families and loved ones who live on islands utterly destroyed and still out of communication.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/9fra5sj4

 

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Other ways you can help:
1. Don’t cancel your travel & wedding plans. Tourism & the Wedding Industry needs to continue and is in full swing to help those in Fiji carry on. If your wedding venue is closed you can move it to another location and still have an amazing trip & day (trust me it happened to me). TIP: If you aren’t with an agent or specialist get in touch with one as they can assist in finding a new location and arranging travel details for you. Free of charge!

2. Instead of favours or requests for gifts get your guests to donate to any of the above. Resorts are also starting to except items in which can be brought over to Fiji by your guests. See above.

If you know of any charities you would like to have added please send them through to ask@bulabride.com

Photos via MaiLife