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Air NZ, Kiwi Schools Give To Help Ovalau And West Schools

Air NZ, Kiwi Schools Give To Help Ovalau And West Schools
Air New Zealand
April 22
10:00 2016

 

Several schools in the Western Division, especially those hardest hit by Cyclone Winston will soon benefit from the donation of furniture worth over NZ$150,000 (FJ$215,310).

Organised by the International Congress of Fiji Incorporated and based in Auckland, 12 containers of desks, tables and workstations, most of which was donated by Air New Zealand were ready for distribution yesterday.

Air New Zealand’s manager for Fiji and Vanuatu Brent Roxburgh handed over the items yesterday with congress representative Ahmed Bhamji and Fiji’s Consul General in Auckland Harish Lodhia to the divisional planning officer West Sitiveni Tavaga, and education officer West Albert Wise.

Mr Bhamji said 85 per cent of the donation was given from Air New Zealand, the rest was from Parnell Primary School, Tamaki College, Glenninis Primary School and Panmure Bridge Primary School.

The 12 containers were donated and transported to Fiji by Pacific Agencies and Neptune Shipping with UB Freight providing clearance from customs free of charge.

The collection and transportation of the containers in Auckland was provided by Crawford Walker and Ashwin Venture.

Two containers were offloaded at the Fiji Naval yard in Suva for transportation to St John’s College on Ovalau while the remaining 10 containers would be transported to selected schools in the Western Division by transportation firm General Machinery at a reduced cost.

Mr Bhamji said one of the containers would be allocated solely to Koroboya Primary School which suffered extensive damage from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“Our main aim was to get help to these schools as soon as possible and I am forever grateful for all these organisations who donated and helped get the containers shipped across from New Zealand,” Mr Bhamji said.

Mr Roxburgh said the donation was made possible from the hard work put in by Mr Lodhia and Mr Bhamji.

Mr Tavaga in accepting the donation thanked the Congress and Mr Lodhia.

“These donations will greatly help those schools affected by the cyclone and it will be delivered out to these schools as soon as possible,” Mr Tavaga said.

Mr Wise also thanked all those involved and was impressed with the items that were shown to them.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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