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Friends In China Help Yasawa High School

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama received a cheque of $659,343 from the Friends of Fiji (China and Hong Kong) for the Adopt a School programme at the Nadi International Airport. The
31 May 2016 09:42
Friends In China Help Yasawa High School
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama received a cheque of from the Friends of Fiji (China and Hong Kong) for the Adopt a School program at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama received a cheque of $659,343 from the Friends of Fiji (China and Hong Kong) for the Adopt a School programme at the Nadi International Airport.

The amount was the result of the fundraising efforts by the Fijian community and friends of Fiji in China and Hong Kong.

“These funds will be used in the rebuilding of Yasawa High School under the adopted school pro­gramme; it is one of 229 schools either damaged or destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston and it is an important one as it draws stu­dents from all over Yasawa,” he said.

“We realise as a nation after TC Winston that Fiji has many friends in the world.

“You have made it so much easier for us to cope with the immense challenges that we had over three months ago,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He praised the efforts given by those from Beijing and Hong Kong for bonding together for such an impressive amount.

“It is wonderful that some of the money being raised by the el­ementary and high school and five international schools in Beijing and Embassy staff and Fijian com­munity in Beijing and the general response through the Fijian Cham­ber of Commerce (HK),” he said.

“We appreciate the example set and not only opportunity to build classroom but to build friendship and relationships.”

The 15-strong delegation who made the presentation included six students, parents and a group of business leaders from the Fiji Chamber of Commerce (HK).

Fijian Ambassador to China Io­ane Naivalurua said the Team China effort was a “very heartfelt and caring” response to Fiji’s cry for help following the aftermath of TC Winston.

Chairman of the fundraising committee in China, Robert Lee, said: “This is from the combined efforts of a group of international school students, the Fijian com­munity in Beijing and the Fijian Chamber of Commerce in HK.”

Mr Lee said the record amount was raised with the students’ pas­sion, commitment and effort was simply awesome.

Mr Lee said the group decided to adopt Yasawa High School after a subcommittee looked at a number of schools and Yasawa best fitted the criteria.

He said the students joined hands with the 100 strong Fijian commu­nity in China and the Fiji Embassy to organise over 20 fundraising events in Beijing, and a spectacu­lar Fundraising Gala Dinner in the world famous Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

“Over 600 guests and Friends of Fiji enjoyed a night of gourmet dining, student musical perfor­mances and an impromptu finale by the Fiji community singing ‘Meda Mai Laveta’ and ‘Isa Lei’ and other traditional medleys.”

The Team China fundraising activities also extended to Hong Kong where the Fiji Chamber of Commerce (HK) hosted a Gala Din­ner attended by over 300 guests in­cluding the Secretary for Food and Health for Hong Kong.

Yasawa High School on Naviti Island has a student roll of 140, drawing students from villages on Naviti and neighbouring islands.

The Ministry of Education had estimated the cost of rebuilding the school at $450,000.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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