Westpac pledged a donation of $5000.00 to FRIEND at the Fiji Institutes Accountant Congress held early June at the Shangri-La Hotel. FRIEND Trustee Marie Chan was there to receive the cheque on behalf of FRIEND in Westpac’s main branch in Suva. Westpac general manager John Cashmore, said that they were proud to be associated with an organization that assists the community by providing market avenues for their products/crafts thus supporting income generating projects for the community. The donation will help fund our DESI (Developing Enterprises for Sustainable Income) programme. Jon Hartley a speaker and panelist at FIA Congress started the ball rolling by giving a personal donation of $1000 after hearing Sashi Kiran’s presentation on Cottage Industries in Fiji, the work of FRIEND and the constant challenge of fundraising.


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