ort Denarau Marina based Sea Mercy Fiji was in the Lau Group recently assisting Fijians with food donations following the wrath of Tropical Cyclone and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sea Mercy Fiji president Nigel Skeggs said they completed their Northern Lau Food Relief Initiative for the families in the hard-hit communities of Cikobia, Avea and Susui last fortnight.
“The yachting and sailing community at Denarau pulled together and raised $10,000 needed to purchase and deliver one month of food supplies for each family member of the mentioned communities,” Mr Skeggs said.
“To help with the people who were struggling not having money to buy staple food; a lot of their root crops has been rotting in the ground. Their source of income is fishing. Basically our job is to help where we can and where we see a need and we get out helping, “he said
“On behalf of Tui Susui and Susui village we would like to convey our appreciation and our big vinaka vakalevu for the kind assistance that we had received,” Susui village head man Sekope Duri said. SMF has also loaned a desalination unit to Government that can make 50 tonnes of water per day while at sea.
“We have loaned to the Fijian government until next year so that it can assist communities living off the main islands with their water supply,” Mr Skeggs said.
According to the Mr Skeggs the desalination unit has been loaned to the Natural Disaster Management Office (NDMO).