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#WeekforWinston appeal with Business Intelligence

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Published April 20, 2016 00:00

“As Cyclone Winston made landfall on Viti Levu, one of my childhood teachers, Jean Tikaram lost her home, and survived only by sheltering with her family in an over-turned wardrobe." said Brisbane-based Jamie Rodgers.

Business Intelligence (BI) teams across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, China and India came together across geographic barriers recently to coordinate contributions for the Australian Red Cross Cyclone Winston appeal, a cause close to Fiji-raised employee Jamie Rodgers’ heart.

Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in Fiji, tore through the islands in February, claiming 44 lives, rendering tens of thousand homeless, and causing extensive damage to housing, industry and communities.

The $1,490 raised, which will be matched by Dollar Matching, will help the Red Cross deliver much-needed humanitarian support across Fiji and to empower the Fijian people to re-build their communities.

Brisbane-based Jamie said he felt compelled to assist those in his home country, encouraging BI colleagues in five other cities to get on board with fundraising through the Everyday Hero platform, inspired by a childhood mentor’s resilience in the wake of the disaster.

“I am truly lucky there were no casualties in my family, and the damage to our homes is nothing compared to what so many have lost in the past weeks.

“As Cyclone Winston made landfall on Viti Levu, one of my childhood teachers, Jean Tikaram lost her home, and survived only by sheltering with her family in an over-turned wardrobe.

“Incredibly, Jean has put the needs of the broader community before her own, truly demonstrating what it means to be Fijian… to band together to build back stronger than before.

“Jean’s generosity first inspired me when I was five years old, and her actions some twenty years later remind me that happiness and success in life is being able to stand for those who cannot do so themselves,” Jamie said.

Find out how Dollar Matching can boost your fundraising efforts and help registered charities in Australian and New Zealand make a difference worldwide.