‘QBE around the world choose an organisation to support, for us here in Fiji it’s the society’
QBE Insurance Fiji Limited donated $ 15,000 to Fiji Society for the Blind. Company general manager Darryl Williamson officially made the handover at the society’s office in Suva on Tuesday.
Mr Williamson, who was busy travelling, had sent the funds earlier to the society’s executive director, Barbara Farouk, because he did not want the children to wait.
“Even though this is my first visit to the Fiji Society for the Blind, it is incredible to see the students and to see what the teachers are doing with the children,” Mr Williamson said. The funds were used to partially pay for the duty of their new van, along with assistance from Vinod Patel and Supreme Fuel. The van itself was bought by the society.
“The van will be put to a lot of good use; it would help the boarders as well as the other children to get around. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to help the children live normal lives as much as possible,” he said.
“I have every intention of further supporting the Fiji Society for the Blind.” The QBE foundation committee and QBE around the world choose an organisation to support. “The committee looks for worthwhile causes; QBE Fiji gets involved with Red Cross and Save the Children but the Fiji Society for the Blind is our main one,” he said. Meanwhile, Mrs Farouk said, “The help we have received has been really genuine; we really appreciate it; the children are now enjoying safe trips in their new air-conditioned van.”
Currently there are 33 students at the Fiji Society for the Blind, which includes 15 boarders. Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti
From Left : Nazraana Dean (Headteacher), Mohammed Khan (board member for Fiji Society for the Blind), Darryl Williamson (general manager for QBE Insurance Fiji), and Barbara Farouk (executive director for Fiji Society for the Blind).