As the year draws to an end I would like to write a short email to wish you a Merry Christmas… to thank you for your support… and to share with you the contributions to our community that YOU have made possible.
My team and I have always felt that we are amongst the luckiest people in the world.
- We live in a great country
- We get to be creative and design great products
- We work with people we enjoy being with
- We get to serve fantastic customers from all over the world
- And we get rewarded with a decent income
We know we are lucky… and during the year we try and share some of our good fortune with those who have not had the same opportunities that we have had.
This year we were privileged to contribute to the following organizations that serve those in need in our country Fiji.
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 and finished the year with a donation 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 started a new project 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.
Early in 2010 we found out that the school was having difficulty in covering its administrative budget for the year. We are extremely grateful that we were approached for help and that we were able to make a contribution to this excellent organization.
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… 7 and 5). 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.
Fiji Society for the Blind: This is a society that we are happy to donate to on an annual basis.
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.
Father Law Home: The Father Law Home is a small home that is setup outside Suva to look after the elderly. This is not an establishment with a lot of money and it looks after many people who have no other place to go. For the last few years, we have been making a regular donation to this organization in December.
Fiji Cancer Society: Even in a small place like Fiji, Cancer is becoming much more visible. There are very few people who do not know at least one person who had not been affected by this. We made a contribution to them as part of their Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea Fundraising event.
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 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year… and we look forward to serving you even better in the years ahead.