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Calgary woman crowdfunding for family in Fiji

Cyclone Winston devastated the island nation

When Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on Saturday night, Rita Reddy was on edge.

The Calgary woman’s parents came from the island nation, and most of her extended family still lives there.

One of her cousins who still has electricity has been traveling to rural areas to check on family members and the villages where they live.

Reddy said everyone she knows survived the storm, but their homes were seriously damaged.

“My uncle, he lost two roofs. Another aunt, she lost her roof – but it sounds like they’ve been able to get a makeshift roof in place,” she said.

Rita said her own family is feeling the effects of the economic downturn. They’re sending what they can, but she also decided to start a crowdsourcing webpage to raise money for her extended family

The goal is $5,000, and in just a few days she has already raised $700.

She said it won’t take much to get them back on their feet, because of the exchange rate.

“Our money goes so much further there,” said Reddy.

Reddy’s crowdfunding campaign can be found by visiting www.chuffed.org and searching for her name.

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