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NZ Club Helps Needy Students

NZ Club Helps Needy Students
Fiji Relief 2000 club member Girja Nand (left-back) accompanied with teachers standing with students who received stationery assistance at Waiqele Primary School in Labasa on May 18, 2018. Photo:SUPPLIED
May 24
11:00 2018

Ninety students of Waiqele Primary School in Labasa have received school sta­tionery for 2019 academic year in advance.

The assistance, worth of $1700, was provided yesterday by a New Zealand-based club, Fiji Relief 2000, consisting of 17 former Fiji citizens.

Girja Nand, a member of the club and former student of this school, said the members collectively de­cided after numerous meetings to assist needy students.

When questioned why they pre­ferred to provide stationery when the 2018 academic year was near the halfway point and the 2019 aca­demic year was a long way away, Mr Nand said it was to ease par­ents’ burdens.

“I have been a student in this school since 1978 because my par­ents were living in Waiqele,” Mr Nand said.

“The cost of education during my time was very expensive, but over the years things have changed.

“Regardless of the changes, as our club’s aim is to help the needy people in Fiji. This is one such as­sistance we have provided since we began operation ten years ago.”

Waiqele Primary School head­teacher Suresh Chand said the stationery had been distributed to students from kindergarten to Year Eight.

“Our school is located outside La­basa Town and most students are from a farming background.

“We are very thankful to the club for the assistance.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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