Excerpts from the speech by the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji on the Occasion of the Launch of Sai Prema Foundation
“The work of organisations such as Sai Prema Foundation will help us realise that our strength is in our ability to get together as a human race and in our ability to get together as individuals. We look forward to working together with you and I want to highlight and appreciate, as Mr. Mahendra Tappoo has said, that he wants to work together with the Government”.
“It is very critical for Non-Governmental Organisations, such as Sai Prema Foundation that are going to carry out any form of community work, to be able to complement what the Government is doing”.
“I would like to acknowledge the Sai Prema Foundation for undertaking this initiative and bringing Dr. Katewa and his team to Fiji and looking at a much bigger picture and not just providing the Medical services but also looking into investing into the knowledge base of our Doctors. The 25 children you have performed the procedures on, obviously you have given them a new lease of life and you have given those families a renewed sense of hope and that is very very important for us. That is very much appreciated”.
“I want to thank the Sai Prema Foundation for its relief efforts during Cyclone Winston. Ladies and Gentleman, as we know, Cyclone Winston killed 44 Fijians and this is the largest death toll we have had from a natural disaster. It left a trail of devastation which was unprecedented. We really appreciate Fijians coming together and organisations such as Sai Prema Foundation coming together to help the people in need. I wish the Sai Prema Foundation all the best”.