Please help the people of Fiji

2nd Mar 2016


As you would have seen in recent days Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston has destroyed large parts of Fiji. Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston was the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji on record. Cyclone Winston has ravaged Fiji, with hundreds of homes flattened, more than 40 dead and reports of entire villages swept from islands. Approximately 50,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

There is an extremely large Fijian community within our Victorian Rugby community and it is at times like this that we as a Rugby Community need to band together and support our Fijian friends.

Rosa Niubalavu-Wright is arranging a container with Rotary, filled with building materials and tools to go to Taveuni and is raising money for this through a crowd funding campaign. If you would like to contribute you can do so by clicking here.

Waqa Baravilala and the Island Breeze team are coordinating two shipping containers of items to be shipped from Melbourne to Fiji. Waqa Baravilala and Ili Tabua will be travelling to Fiji to ensure the donated items are then distributed on the ground in to the communities and villages.

Below is a list of items which Waqa and his team would gladly accept from the Victorian Rugby community. Items should be delivered to:

C/o: Waqa Baravilala
Island Breeze Australia
1 Kent Road
Surrey Hills 
VIC, Australia

Items must be delivered by Friday COB 11th March. 

Items the Victorian Rugby Community can donate are:

  • Non Perishable food 
  • Bottled water
  • Water Filters
  • Soap/body wash
  • Laundry powder
  • Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

Some villages will not have power for an estimated 12 months and therefore lamps, lights, etc would be welcomed. Many villages are now re-building their homes and building tools i.e. chainsaws, saws, etc are also welcomed.

If you have any further items your club or members would like to donate please reach out to Waqa Baravilala who can be contacted at:

Furthermore, Island Breeze have partnered with Australian Mercy and individuals can make a tax deductable donation by clicking here. Further information about Australian Mercy’s Fiji Cyclone disaster response can be found here.