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Vardy’s Heart Melts Helping Those In Need

Fiji Kids is a charity organisation in Sigatoka, supported by local and international corporate bodies that continue to complement the Government’s plans for the education sector.
10 Jan 2020 11:46
Vardy’s Heart Melts Helping Those In Need
Steve Vardy and Jone Nakulaniyasiyasi at Sigatoka.

A Good deed goes a long way.

This remains true for Jone Nakulaniyasiyasi, who has been assisted through the Fiji Kids education pathway programme since he was 12 years old.

Fiji Kids is a charity organisation in Sigatoka, supported by local and international corporate bodies that continue to complement the Government’s plans for the education sector.

Mr Nakulaniyasiyasi, who just turned 21, and many more like him have been supported by volunteer and sponsor, Steve Vardy, who has been part of their lives.

He was among the many sponsors and volunteers gathered at St Joan of Arc in Sigatoka Town to renew their pathway to the 66 students in the province.

Mr vardy remembers the first time he met Mr Nakulaniyasiyasi at Conua District School on the river bank of the Sigatoka River about nine years ago.

“It is fantastic and as a volunteer to see one child’s life change is an amazing experience someone can help one on one,” he said.

“Not only one, but four children. It fills my heart with joy. I love him as my own son. Every time I see him he is maturing more and more. He has been through a lot of adversity.

Mr Vardy, a businessman and retired plumber in Sydney, Australia, has visited our country more than 20 times as a holiday destination. He has three children, but counts Mr Nakulaniyasiyasi and his siblings as his own too. Mr Nakulaniyasiyasi’s father died while he was in Year 2.

Mr Nakulaniyasiyasi said: “With all the support I have received I can now apply for a scholarship at FNU.”

Fiji Kids founder Julie Hoskison said: “We are proud of assisting the children of Nadroga Navosa for 11 years. This is our 11th back to school day. On this day all of these students we support come to town and they get all their school supplies.”

The charity teamed up with Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s human resources department as part of its community project for the year.

The resort’s human resources director, Ashneel Chand, said they would continue to support a good cause.

Members of the Fiji Kids charitable organisation at Sigatoka on January 9, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Members of the Fiji Kids charitable organisation at Sigatoka on January 9, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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