$15,000 richer

‘QBE around the world choose an or­gan­i­sa­tion to sup­port, for us here in Fiji it’s the so­ci­ety’

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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

Photo: Jyoti Pil­lay

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).

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