Cyclone Relief Effort Succeds
The Embassy’s outreach to the US business community for support to Fiji took another positive step in March when the Boeing Company decided to contribute to cyclone relief efforts following the recent cyclone disaster in Fiji.
On 7th March Mr. Samir B. Sahgal, Senior Manager International Operations, Washington, D.C. Operations, the Boeing Company wrote to Mr. Peni Lomaloma, Charge d’ Affaires, a.i . confirming this assistance as follows
“Dear Peni, Based on our conversation from several weeks ago about the cyclone that hit Fiji, I went back to our team that handles corporate citizenship projects and they were able to put together (on very short notice) a $50,000 donation to the Fiji Red Cross to assist with relief efforts. This check was presented to the Fiji Red Cross on Monday, March 3rd in Suva, and I have included our short press release as well as some pictures in this email. This donation was coordinated with Air Pacific and the Chairman of Air Pacific, Mr. Nalin Patel was there during the ceremony. We are very proud of our relationship with Air Pacific and the Government of Fiji and we hope that this donation helps to boost relief efforts in the area. Regards, Samir.“
(left photo) Craig Saddler, president of the Australia and South Pacific region for Boeing,
presenting the cheque to Air Pacific Chairman Nalin Patel, and Fiji Red Cross national board
president Wylie Clarke with US Ambassador Larry Dinger. (right photo) Mr. Lomaloma in
discussions with Mr. Samir.