Digicel Supports The Vanuatu Society For The Disabled
August 19th 2008 - Digicel donates mobile phones to the field workers
Tuesday 19th August, Port Vila: Digicel, the fastest growing mobile operator in the Pacific, announces today that its support of the Vanuatu Society for the Disabled (VSDP), Vandisports and Disabled & Promotion Advoacy (DPA).
The Vanuatu Society for Disabled People is a nationwide, non-governmental and non-profit organization established in 1986, to provide services to people with disabilities by means of a center base program. In 1991, the society changed to a community-based program, thus providing services in the communities and villages throughout the islands of Vanuatu.
The aim of the program is to assist those with hearing, visual, intellectual or physical impairments to participate as fully as possible in community life. The society is currently directed by Mr. Elison Bovu. The VSDP is run in conjunction with Vandisports and the DPA.
Digicel General Manager, John Delves, said of the society, ‘We are delighted to be working with the Vanuatu Society for the Disabled, Vandisports and the DPA. We believe, as a company, giving back to the community is important. Who more deserves it then those whom society sometimes forgets? In working with the VSDP, we hope to raise the awareness of people with disabilities in Vanuatu and look forward to working with them on many projects in the future.’
Digicel not only donated mobile phones, but made them part of Team Talk, Digicel’s new closed user group service. This means that each of the members can now make as many calls to and from each other as they want without any added cost! This will help all the staff in the office and out in the field to work more efficiently and effectively. Previously, the field workers didn’t have the means to communicate with each other in the outer islands. Digicel also donated a sum of cash to be used by a VSDP staff member to buy music equipment for her singing group.
Field worker in Shefa Province, Knox Morris, said ‘We are delighted by the kindness that Digicel has shown us since arriving in Vanuatu. Between the invites to the launch party, their cash donation, and their donation of the mobile phones, Digicel has given us the means to communicate with our colleagues in the outer islands, whereas previously it would have been impossible. We thank Digicel for giving us the Bigger, Better Network’.
ABOUT DIGICEL PACIFIC
Since its launch in the South Pacific in November 2006, Digicel has become the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Pacific, with current operations in Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The company was recently granted licenses by the Governments of Fiji and has commitments from several other countries in the Pacific.
Digicel has contributed to the 0.7% growth to the GDP of Papua New Guinea since its launch as the second mobile operator on July 20, 2007.
Digicel is the largest operator in the Caribbean operating in 23 markets and rolling out new operations in Central America. The company is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, and superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.
Digicel is proud sponsor of several national rugby teams across the South Pacific including; Fiji Rugby, Digicel Fiji 7’s, Digicel Vanuatu Cricket team, Digicel Vanuatu Rugby 7’s and 15’s and the Digicel Pukpuks. For more information, please visit www.digicelvanuatu.com or www.digicelpacific.com.