Australian Volunteers International

August 17, 2023

Celebrating volunteerism in Fiji

The inaugural SAUTU Volunteer Awards shine a light on superstars in community development

The Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) is the national platform for civil society organisations in Fiji. Through our small grants program, AVI provided a grant allowing FCOSS to host the inaugural Sautu Volunteer Awards, recognising and celebrating volunteer work across the community development space in Fiji. The awards shone a spotlight on groups and individuals who selflessly contributed to the betterment of the local community. 

Here are some of the individuals and programs highlighted: 

MARICA MURPHY received her award for work teaching financial literacy and the value of saving money to individuals, families and communities. 

ASELA NAISALA’s award for Veteran Volunteer was accepted by her daughter after her passing. Naisala established the Mama Ashy projects in 2019 at the height of the pandemic. It is a network of volunteers who serve marginalised and isolated individuals, often women and children, in difficult situations. These projects have continued to expand to a number of different communities. 

Organisations that received awards included the Survival Advocacy Network Fiji; National Disaster Management Office – Western Division; and the UNICEF Wash Program.  

AVI is proud to be working in partnership with FCOSS to celebrate the wonderful work being done by local volunteers.  

Watch FCOSS’ interviews with some award winners 


Image (right) Sophy Radrodro receiving award for her mother Asela Naisara
Photo credit: Fiji Sun