Knights support UNICEF’s Fiji appeal

Knights support UNICEF's Fiji appeal

Last month tropical cyclone Winston devastated the Pacific Island nation of Fiji.

Since the severe weather event, UNICEF has responded urgently to the immense need in Fiji after the Cyclone ripped through the country, destroying homes, schools and livelihoods. 

The support of UNICEF’s work in Fiji following the cyclone is something many of the Newcastle Knights’ are passionate about given the strong contingent of players with Fijian heritage.

“We’re teaming up with UNICEF to try to raise as many funds as we can to help the people of Fiji,” Newcastle Knights captain Tariq Sims said.

“It’s devastating what happened in Fiji and I think everyone has to step in and do what they can to help build Fiji back up,” teammate Akuila Uate added, who has family living in Fiji. 

The Knights will support UNICEF’s appeal through a bucket money collection during the Club’s first home game at Hunter Stadium on Saturday March 19. 

Major partner nib has announced they will kick off the fundraising efforts with a generous $10,000 donation.

“Charity we all know begins at home, but as the Knights roster highlights, we’ve adopted many sons of Fiji. It strengthens our community here in the Hunter to give back to Fiji, especially when it’s needed,” nib health funds Managing Director Mark Fitzgibbon said. 

nib will also be accepting cash donations for the UNICEF appeal through the nib retail network until March 30.

Donations can start now for you as well, especially if you can’t make the match day. CLICK HERE to make your donation online or can you text ‘FIJI’ to 1995 8888 to make an automatic $5 donation through your phone bill.

How UNICEF is assisting Fiji:

– More than 120,000 children are affected and need help with UNICEF delivering humanitarian supplies including water and sanitation kits and health supplies to ensure children’s wellbeing and prevent the outbreak of disease.

– More than 134 schools have been destroyed so UNICEF is delivering education supplies and providing temporary learning spaces to help children get back to their normal routine, recover from the stress of the disaster, and to keep them learning and keep them safe while their parents rebuild.

–  More than 7 per cent of the population (62,400 people) are living in 873 evacuation centres.

– Donations will enable UNICEF to scale up its response to provide urgently needed humanitarian supplies to help children and families.

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