As we start 2013, I would like to write a short post to tell us how you have helped us to help others who were not as fortunate as us in 2012.
Our long term readers and customers know that we give a portion of our sales to various charities here in Fiji. Our focus is normally on education and health based projects for children.
This year we were privileged to support the following organizations that work so selflessly to serve the less fortunate in our country,
Save the Children Fiji (SCF): We have had a close association with SCF over the years and I currently serve as a member of their Board. We made several donations to SCF this year with the main one to their Education Assistance Program.
What is the Education Assistance Program? The Fiji Government has over the last few years tried to make education accessible to all children by removing school fees and providing text books to all. Despite this many children in Fiji find it difficult to attend school because their parents are unable to provide other basic school supplies such as stationery. SCF has run a project over the last few years to supply these essentials so that the education of children will not be affected due to (hopefully) temporary economic hardships faced by families.
Fiji Crippled Children’s Society: I know… they could do with a name change to something that is a little more sensitive to the feelings of the children they serve. That being said… this organization does serve a very important and often neglected group of children in our community… and they have been doing it very well for many years.
The Society has a special school (Hilton School) which also includes boarding facilities for a small group of children which we have been privileged to support.
Fiji Children’s Treatment Fund: This is a fairly new organization in Fiji. Their aim is to provide financial support to parents of children with serious (sometimes terminal) illnesses who are unable to pay for the necessary treatment.
I have little children of my own (two boys… 10 and 8). It is difficult to even imagine the feelings a parent will go through knowing their child is going through pain that could easily be reduced if they only had the money.
Home of Compassion: The Home of Compassion is a home for the elderly and is run by Catholic Sisters. They do a fantastic job of making the people they serve feel like part of a family.
I was introduced to this organization because my wife’s aunt is one of the Sisters at the Home of Compassion. As a result I have had the privilege of visiting the home on several occasions to witness that this is not a ”home” in name only.
Looking at the list… our team feels happy and humbled that there are organizations like these… with dedicated people whose primary goal is to be of service to others.
We truly appreciate what they are doing and the opportunity that that they have given us to contribute to their great work.
But we know that our contributions have only been possible because of YOU.
It is the money that you have spent on our products that has made it possible for us to give something back.
From the whole team here at Standss, we THANK YOU all for being with us over the years, for using our products, for helping us as a company, and for giving us the opportunity to serve our community.
We wish you a Very Happy New Year… and we look forward to serving you even better in the years ahead.