Last year KOOKAÏ’s charity, Katalyst Foundation, launched the ‘Rebuild Fiji Appeal’ in response to Tropical Cyclone Winston – a category 5 storm that devastated parts of the Fiji Islands, leaving some villages completely destroyed and without access to food, water and medical assistance.
Through the generosity of KOOKAÏ’s founders, employees, business partners and loyal KOOKAÏ customers Katalyst raised enough funds to provide urgent aid and relief, and to begin rebuilding Fiji again. The support for the Appeal has continued, with KOOKAÏ customers donating $2 to Katalyst in selected KOOKAÏ boutiques in exchange for a bottle of Fiji Water as well as continue donations through our website.
Just last week, Katalyst donated an ambulance to Nabouwalu Hospital, on the Fijian island of Vanua Levu, which will help the hospital to provide proper medical services to some of the more rural and remote areas of the province. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services National Manager Ambulance Services, Josefa Bolaqace, welcomed the donation as an important step forward for the community.
“For many decades, ambulance service has been a great issue and a major concern to our health and medical services in regards to the retrieval and transfer of patients from one health facility to the other and this new ambulance would help improve those issues,” Mr Bolaqace said.
Katalyst also recently refurbished the paediatric ward at Nabouwalu Hospital, creating an activity area for the children, as well as installing new curtains and furniture to freshen up the ward and create a more welcoming environment for patients and their families.
(A before & after photo of the paediatric ward)
(The new activity and play area for the children)
The Katalyst team are heading back to Fiji next week to deliver supplies and carry out refurbishment works to various kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. Watch this space for more updates on Katalyst and the Rebuild Fiji Appeal soon!
If you would like to help support the Rebuild Fiji Appeal, you can donate to Katalyst in exchange for a bottle of Fiji Water in selected KOOKAÏ boutiques or donate online here. As always, KOOKAÏ covers all administrative costs associated with the Katalyst Foundation, so every dollar donated goes directly to those who need it most.