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Sydney-based club here to help

Club president Bhupesh Prasad Bobby said they were hurt by the images and news in the media which united the team to assist those disadvantaged back at home.#“We were following the news daily and saw the devastation caused by TC Winston which prompted us to raise funds for assistance,” the former Rakiraki resident said#Bobby said Fiji is their motherland and they couldn’t bear to see people suffering.#“We organised a dance night and were fortunate to sell out all the tickets. With the support of players, officials and some donors, we managed to assist some people here.#“We cannot help everyone but we assisted the ones who were really in need in Rakiraki, Ba and Tavua,” he added.#Bobby said they also stopped by the house of Ba defender, Alvin Singh, who used to play for a club in Australia and saw some damages to his home.#However, Singh suggested that all help be diverted to those who needed assisted more than him.#The president said one of his player’s family home was also severely damaged and they also helped him as a team.#“Our player Azil Mohammed’s family house was damaged a lot. To assist, we played a tournament there and won. The full prize money was handed to him to assist his family.#Bobby said while some players were not granted leave but their spouses accompanied the club coach Arif Azam and Captain Kartik Singh.#Meanwhile, Bobby who also leads the Vatukoula Sanatan Sydney Football side said he will be back in the country soon as part of his Sanatan team.#“Our Vatukoula Sanatan team also did some fundraising here as well and will be building a house for someone in Rakiraki.#“We will be back in week time and the construction work will start soon,” he said.#

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