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Image: Montefiore Randwick Nursing Home staff Sara Moses, Manish Giri, Santu Bhusal, Reecha Dhital, Ishwori Baral and Anita Bastakoti. Photo: Montefiore Nursing Home

Staff rally to help colleagues’ loved ones in Fiji

Staff members at Montefiore Nursing Home in Randwick, Sydney, have banded together to help their Fijian colleagues whose families were affected by Cyclone Winston.

Following the cyclone, which hit Fiji in March this year, staff held a fundraising dinner to help those affected.

Sara Moses, neighbourhood co-ordinator at the nursing home and spokesperson for the Fijian staff, said the dinner was initiated by the Nepalese nursing staff, who wanted to support their Fijian co-workers after having received the same treatment last year following the Nepal earthquake.

RN Reecha Dhital, spokesperson for the Nepalese staff, said that last year staff collected and sent blankets, clothes and first-aid kits over to Nepal after the earthquake there, and organised a fundraising dinner. Over 140 people attended, including staff from all departments and partners. All up, attendees as well as staff who weren’t able to make the event helped raise more than $2000.

The more recent dinner, for Fiji, was held at Bonolota Restaurant in Rockdale, where about 50 people attended. Moses said it was lovely to see two different cultures coming together. “More than $2500 was raised and, again, staff who couldn’t make the dinner made contributions.”

Former staff member Gai Hilton, who lives in Fiji, was made treasurer and helped to ensure that the funds were passed on to the appropriate people.

The staff also organised a clothing appeal that was broadcast throughout Montefiore. “We were overwhelmed by the response we got,” Moses said. “We got boxes and boxes of clothes.”

As a result of the fundraising efforts, staff decided to set up a committee, with representatives from Fiji, Nepal and other cultures, to hold functions to help those in need, and to socialise and have a good time, too, Moses added.

Dhital said: “We want to come together to raise funds for our families affected by a disaster back home or even here in Australia. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team that works and socialises well together. Montefiore is like an extended family.”

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