RC Manub­hai goes ex­tra mile

Hard­ware re­tailer pro­vides snacks, drinks, cash­back for re­lief shop­pers

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Hard­ware re­tailer RC Manub­hai has gone the ex­tra mile to ac­com­mo­date vic­tims of TC Win­ston by pro­vid­ing food, drinks and cash-back to re­cip­i­ents of the Gov­ern­ment funded Help for Home ini­tia­tive. RC Manub­hai na­tional op­er­a­tions man­ager Os­car De Mel said this was to as­sist the re­cip­i­ents who have lost their homes dur­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston on Fe­bru­ary 20.

“The friendly hospi­tal­ity is our main con­cern. They come from far away and they are tired and they need some com­fort so we have pro­vided them with some food, snacks, drinks and yaqona to make them com­fort­able while with us,” Mr De Mel said. “We also have de­cided to give cash back. This is be­cause they are com­ing from far away so this is to help them with bus fares, food and ac­com­mo­da­tion so at least when they are spend­ing $7000 they are get­ting $165.” The hard­ware gi­ant will give cash-back of $165, $110 and $55 to re­cip­i­ents of $7000, $3000 and $1500 re­spec­tively to Help for Homes re­cip­i­ents who shop at their out­lets.

“This is at least good enough to help them,” he said. The com­pany serves up to 350 re­cip­i­ents ev­ery week. More than 100 peo­ple from cy­clone rav­aged vil­lages around Fiji crowded the com­pany’s main store in Rai­wai, Suva, yes­ter­day to col­lect their quo­ta­tions and pur­chase build­ing ma­te­ri­als for their homes un­der the ini­tia­tive.

Forty-nine-year-old diver, Sepesa Mainayau was among those who crowded the hard­ware at Rai­wai to pur­chase his build­ing ma­te­ri­als. Mr Mainayau’s three-bed­room con­crete home was com­pletely de­stroyed when TC Win­ston swept through his village in Ciko­bia in Lau three months ago. “I just re­ceived my E-card on Mon­day with $7000 and I have come here to buy my ma­te­ri­als. I am very happy and thank­ful to the Gov­ern­ment for en­abling us to put a roof back on our fam­ily’s heads and move on with life through this ini­tia­tive,” Mr Mainayau said.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

R. C Manub­hai, staff as­sist­ing Cy­clone Win­ston vic­tims and re­cip­i­ents of Gov­ern­ment’s Help for Home ini­tia­tive in Rai­wai yes­ter­day.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Shiu Chan­dra of R. C Manub­hai (right), as­sist­ing Cy­clone Win­ston vic­tims and re­cip­i­ents of Gov­ern­ment’s Help for Home ini­tia­tive Wame Rokodi and Inia Uradamu (left), of Vatukalo Village, Le­vuka in the Rai­wai store yes­ter­day.

Os­car De Mel

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