posted Oct 1st
The article reads:
Residents of Father Law Home in Lami received bed sheets & toothpaste from Pacific Outreach Fiji (POF).
POF is a registered charity in Fiji, which usually distributes school books & library books in village schools. Peter Kingston, who operates POF, said the organisation also donated clothes to needy families; however this was the first time they distributed toothpaste.
‘Many boxes of adult & children’s toothpaste came from England in co-ordination with Children of Fiji Charity. The first toothpaste distributions were at settlements around Suva’, Mr Kingston said. ‘While we have plans to distribute more in orphanages & other needy institutions in the coming weeks, we thought it important to at least get started with a small distribution in poor settlements’.
Mr Kingston said although their distribution was a ‘local’ one, they had reached people from all over Fiji. ‘We met families from Kadavu, different parts of Vanua Levu & also the Lau group’, he said.
Mr Kingston said one of POF’s missions was to provide social assistance to the needy, spiritually & materially. ‘Our Family members carry this out in a multitude of ways around the globe, ranging from encouraging & assisting the elderly, the sick & the disadvantaged to working to rehabilitate drug addicts & gang members, & offering personal counselling in prisons & juvenile detention centres’, he said.
‘We help in assisting in humanitarian efforts, disaster relief & refugee camps; and staging benefit performances for the underprivileged in many different countries.’ Mr Kingston also said, ‘Our members frequently work with relief organisations –regional & international– to bring food, supplies, comfort, help & encouragement to people in distress or hardship’.