Sharks forward Junior Roqica is throwing his support, and that of his NRL colleagues, into relief efforts for those people affected by a recent category-five cyclone which stuck his homeland of Fiji.
Roqica has joined with the Red Cross in trying to raise much-needed funds to provide humanitarian support to people affected by the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Both Roqica and Sharks teammate Jayson Bukuya have represented Fiji Bait at a senior international level.
More than 40 people were confirmed dead in Fiji and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Winston.
The toll continues to rise as response teams reach the worst-affected islands. Some 55,000 people remain in evacuation centres and 350,000 people have been affected by the cyclone.
So in an attempt to assist those worst-affected, Roqica has asked his fellow NRL players to jump on board and to help him to help those in need.
“I was just wanting to help out my immediate family from both mum and dad’s side, but in general the whole Fijian community who are struggling as a result of this terrible disaster,” Junior said.
To raise the much needed funds Roqica has set up an e-bay auction, with some outstanding NRL memorabilia on offer.
A good friend of Tigers captain Aaron Woods from their younger days, Junior has acquired a signed pair of boots, as well as a handful of signed NRL jerseys from a number of his mates across the various NRL clubs.
Along with the generous donation from Woods, other to donate to Junior’s cause have been Kevin Naiqama (Tigers), Chase Stanley (Bulldogs), Todd Murphy (Broncos), the Sims brothers Corbin and Tariq (Knights) and Kane Evans (Roosters). Jared Waerea-Hargreaves donated a 'Super-Hero'style Roosters jersey, individually signed.
The auction site will show Broncos, Bulldogs, Roosters, Tigers, Knights and of course a signed Sharks jersey, with bidding now open and set to close Sunday, March 13.
The appeal and Junior’s efforts aren’t all about the special merchandise items on offer, more they are about trying to make a difference to a country and a region going through some hardship at the present time.
Also for more on the Red Cross Tropical Cyclone Winston Appeal, go to the following link – CLICK HERE