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Tappoo Group of Companies executive director Mahendra Tappoo with Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu with one of the vehicles given to the NDMO.

THE corporate sector has pitched in to help do whatever they can to support the rehabilitation process of Government post-Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston and Tappoo Group of Companies has given two new vehicles to the National Disaster Management Office to assist in the relief operations.

The two vehicles — Mahindra Scorpion 4-WD pick-ups- are worth $60,000 each and are expected to help the NDMO in its relief efforts.

Tappoo Group executive director Mahendra Tappoo said the group had been helping out in affected areas after the cyclone and much of the relief work was to deliver supplies to help with the immediate relief response.

“It was during our interaction with DISMAC that the critical need for more vehicles became apparent. This prompted us to seek assistance from our contact, India’s world renowned car maker, the Mahindra Group,” he said.

Mr Tappoo said when Mahindra learnt of the plight of the people, it immediately relayed its sympathies and support and agreed to give two utility vehicles for the benefit of the people.

“We are grateful to the chairman and managing director of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra and to its president Pravin Shah for their extreme generosity,” he said.

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Tappoo Group of Companies executive director Mahendra Tappoo presenting the symbolic key to the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu

Minister for Provincial Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu said it was a collective responsibility of all sectors of the country to help in the relief andrehabilitation efforts after a natural disaster.

He said Fiji was able to lift itself after the natural disaster only because of the collective effort of all sectors.

“We need such vehicles to be able to get to the remotest of places in Fiji to assist them in rehabilitation and other efforts,” he said.

The minister thanked the Tappoo Group for its generous assistance.

Source: The Fiji Times 19th April 2016 (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=350277)

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