In response to the wide-spread destruction impacting Fiji, the Bartercard Charity Foundation has raised almost $66,000 for the Fiji Cyclone Response Appeal in under 6 days.
Bartercard, the operator of the world’s largest trade exchange, launched the appeal last Friday 4th March, committing $20,000 to kickstart fundraising efforts.
It reached almost $53,000 in four days and raised almost $13,000 just 24 hours later.
Bartercard Australia CEO Clive van Deventer said it’s a colossal effort and the company is speechless at the kindness and compassion of so many supporters.
“We work closely with a number of tourism properties in Fiji as part of the Bartercard Tourism division which has created a very real tie to the communities affected,” he said.
“We thank everyone who has dug deep and contributed to this appeal which will be directed to efforts in the affected areas.”
The funds were raised in Bartercard’s digital currency where 1 trade dollar is the equivilant of $1.
Bartercard partnered with Habitat for Humanity, a global not-for-profit organisation which builds homes in partnership with families both in Australia and overseas, to run the appeal.
Habitat for Humanity’s efforts are currently directed at ensuring the Fijian people have a chance to repair their houses or at least have access to temporary shelters.
They will also focus on a longer-term response through permanent housing reconstruction.
Bartercard’s Charity Foundation has been assisting local communities since 2012.
If you would like to donate to the appeal, it’s not too late – visit bartercard.com.au/fijiappeal