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Former Cawaci Students Returns To Ovalau To Rebuild School

Old scholars have been instrumental in the efforts to take Cawaci back to its pre-Winston state While many  children are looking forward to the end of the school year, the
15 Nov 2016 11:00
Former Cawaci Students Returns To Ovalau To Rebuild School
The church undergoing repair.

Old scholars have been instrumental in the efforts to take Cawaci back to its pre-Winston state

While many  children are looking forward to the end of the school year, the alumni of St John’s College, Cawaci are preparing to return to their former school.

The former students are returning as part of the old scholar’s project, ‘Back to Cawaci 2016’; to assist the Republic of Fiji Military Forces engineers in the re-construction works at the school.

St John’s College, Cawaci was one of the many boarding schools severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Former students in Fiji and abroad have been instrumental in the efforts to take the school back to its pre-Winston state.

School principal, Father Ekuasi Manu said: “The working bee projects will focus in repairs for the Year 10 and Year 12 classroom blocks, science lab, girl’s hostel, junior and senior boy’s ablution block and the school church.”

He added for many old scholars, ‘Back to Cawaci 2016’ will be an emotional return to an institution that has contributed significantly to their professional and religious development and will surely bring back a lot of fond memories of their younger days.

Cawaci and Loreto Past Pupils and Friends Association president Mika Ruru said: “The association will fund costs of the return bus and boat transfer to Ovalau for all volunteers whilst different old scholar branches have been tasked to assist with food supplies.”

He added that all old scholars are encouraged to be part of this activity and at the same time relive their time as students in Cawaci.

The project is scheduled to begin from November 28.

The Back to Cawaci Working Bee Project will see old scholars from around Fiji volunteer their time for the re-building works over a two-week period.

The first group of volunteers will be made up of former students from the Central and Eastern division whilst the second group will be from the Western Divison.

The first group of volunteers is scheduled to depart Suva on November 27 and the second group on December 4 for a one-week duration respectively.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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