There had always been talanoa (conversations) around the grog bowl or taki sessions by a group of good friends about helping out with things back home in Fiji but it never eventuated into something concrete. All that changed on 19 February 2016 when the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston, tore through Fiji causing utter devastation (over a billion dollars in damage becoming the costliest cyclone in the South Pacific basin) and the single latest casualty count by a cyclone in Fiji’s history.
This galvanised 1Love’s founder to start a simple GoFundMe campaign for $5000 (AUD) which was met with overwhelming response when in just four weeks $14,000 (AUD) was donated. It was an incredible show of spirit and support by people from all backgrounds. The money raised was used to assist in a wide range of post TC Winston projects from hospital equipment to emergency response equipment as well as facilitating in rebuilding of damaged or destroyed homes and other infrastructure.
You had me @ Bula