Despite the negative effects of natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic, Burger King Fiji continues to carry out its philanthropic obligations in the country by partnering with NGOs which are making a great difference in the community.
The popular restaurant franchise which has been operating in Fiji since 2015 has been working closely with the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC Fiji) since 2016 to support the educational needs of deprived children across the country.
All Burger King outlets in Fiji carry donation boxes to support FENC Fiji raise funds for their various activities which includes support to students in the form of scholarships covering basic school supplies such as school uniforms, shoes, bags, books and stationeries for primary and secondary school children.
Since 2016, Burger King has raised close to $70,000 for FENC Fiji through the generous donations received in the form of loose change from its customers.
On Wednesday, June 10, the company handed over additional collection of $9,000 to FENC Fiji at its flagship restaurant in Martintar, Nadi taking the total contribution to almost $80,000 within four-years of partnership.
“We are proud to have been able to collect this money on behalf of FENC Fiji. This collection is especially important as numerous families have been affected by TC Harold and by COVID-19 in the last few months,” Burger King general manager Akash Narsey said.
“With school scheduled to resume in the next few weeks, this money will be a timely boost for FENC Fiji to do their valuable work in providing assistance to school children most affected by the challenging scenarios before us ,” Mr Narsey added.
“I take this opportunity to thank all Burger King patrons who have donated generously towards a noble cause and helped make this initiative so successful in such a short time.”
While accepting the donation, FENC Fiji officer-in-charge national operations, Priya Lata said education is one of the main instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth.
“Through education the deprived members of our society are able to free themselves from the clutches of poverty and are able to stand up, look after their families and contribute back to the society in a positive way,” Ms Lata added.
“We at FENC Fiji simply love to see the vulnerable members of our society becoming independent with their heads held high and their dignity fully restored.
“A big thanks to our corporate sponsors like Burger King because of whom such noble objectives can be realised as together we can make a difference.”
Established in 2010 and officially launched by Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, FENC Fiji plays a pivotal role by empowering the “poorest of the poor” children of Fiji to realise their potential through the provision of education assistance and related support.