The Foundation also supports local charities working in remote communities, including those providing funding for emergency food supplies, farm kits, rebuild work and disaster relief, as well as programmes to empower women and girls and combat period poverty.
Until now the ANZ Fiji Staff Foundation focussed on mobilising ANZ staff in large groups to volunteer in the community for projects such as mangrove planting or renovating health clinics.
But Covid-19 has changed that.
Pauline Kostatino, Trustee on the Fiji Staff Foundation Committee member, says the Foundation had to change its approach as a result of the physical distancing rules in place.
“Instead of taking the traditional approach of mobilizing our staff to go out in numbers, our team opted to collaborate closely with community partners.”
“This meant our community partners already on the ground were able to support and deliver our Staff Foundation charitable objectives in a safe and practical manner, without compromising health and safety.”
This new approach has meant the ANZ Fiji Staff Foundation has been able to reach further into rural and remote communities by funding organisations such as FRIEND, Rise Beyond the Reef, Home of Compassion, HART Fiji, Caritas Fiji, Father Law Home, St. Vincent De Paul, Operation Grace, and Makoi Women’s League.