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THE men and women of the Fiji Corrections Service National Headquarters based in Suva this week got together to assist 6 of their fellow officers from the Western Division who lost almost everything during the recent floods.

The basic items collected which ranged from beddings, clothing to kitchen equipment, were presented to them. They were also handed a cheque each to further assist them from the FCS Welfare Fund.

A special group led by the Deputy Commissioner Joe Kulinidilo comprised of FCS Chaplain Josefa Tikonatabua, Assistant Commissioner Operations Salote Panapasa and Welfare Officer Kelera Johns toured the Western Division from Ba, Lautoka and Nadi to present the items collected.

Flood victim and Lautoka Women’s Corrections Center custodial officer COC Natasha Tupou said they were all caught by surprise.

Natasha who lives in Lautoka and looks after her elderly parents lost over half of her belongings and furniture during the floods.

“We have start from scratch and we are so thankful to the Commissioner and every one at our National Headquarters for helping to start us off.

COC Natasha said there was no time to stress about their situation because the FCS had to help the general public also in flood relief work.

“Our officers have been on the road with Police and Army in the last 2-weeks so our duty to the Public at large has made us more appreciative of what we have.”

Deputy Commissioner Joe Kulinidilo on presenting the items said the initiative was borne out of the need for all men and women of the FCS to stand by each other in times of crisis.

“We have to stand by each other in such events and this makes us stronger as an organisation,’’ DCC Kulidilo told the men and women.

“It is not much but we sincerely hope that it gets you and your family back on your feet.”

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