June 15, 2021

Sai Prema Foundation and Asco Foundation have joined hands to assist 500 families in Western Fiji with grocery packs.

Sai Prema Foundation Director Mr. Sumeet Tappoo said that Sai Prema Foundation has already assisted over 5,500 families since the beginning of this year and will continue its efforts to assist families who are struggling to put food on their table.

“Sai Prema Foundation is committed to helping the people of Fiji and as part of our continuing efforts, we have distributed grocery ration packs to 500 families. This effort has only been possible due to the kindness and generosity of the Asco Foundation whose support made it possible for us to undertake the distribution” said Mr. Sumeet Tappoo.

Tappoo also added that his Foundation has been inundated with requests from across Fiji and that it was important that the country stands in solidarity to overcome this pandemic situation.

“Like I have said before, we are deeply saddened by the plight of the people as many are struggling to feed their families and we feel particularly for the children, elderly and disabled who are helpless. I am also very touched to see the vast number of NGOs and charitable organisations who have stepped up. It is wonderful to see that everyone is doing their part and helping those in need” said Sumeet Tappoo.

The Asco Foundation is the charitable trust arm established by Asco Motors and has been in existence since 2018 and has provided $200,000 of donations to various charities and organisations.

Asco Motors CEO/Director & Asco Foundation Trustee Mr. Craig Sims stated the Asco Foundation wanted to reach out and assist as many families as they could.

“Helping to assist families in the West is a priority as many of them have been affected first by the closure of the tourism industry and now with the current pandemic lockdowns” said Mr. Sims.

“We chose to work with the Sai Prema Foundation of Fiji because of their impressive record of reaching out to all communities in Fiji” he added.

The distribution was undertaken in Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua & Rakiraki by Sai Prema Foundation’s ground-based partners and distribution teams who identified families who were in serious need of assistance.

Each grocery ration pack contained 4kg rice, 4kg flour, 4kg Dhall Soup Mix, 450g Milk Powder, 200g Ceylon Tea, 100g Curry Powder, 2kg Raw Sugar, 500g Salt, 374g Breakfast Crackers, 750ml Oil and 3-pack Soap.