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A-G Thanks Outrigger for School Assistance

Attorney-General and Min­ister for Economy and Edu­cation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khai­yum, has congratulated Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort for its commu­nity service. He thanked the Coral Coast resort for the work it was
27 Nov 2017 11:00
A-G Thanks Outrigger for School Assistance
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy and Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Australian Football League (AFL) star Eddie Betts (in white T-shirt), atConua District School on November 24, 2017.

Attorney-General and Min­ister for Economy and Edu­cation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khai­yum, has congratulated Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort for its commu­nity service.

He thanked the Coral Coast resort for the work it was doing at Conua District School, Kavanagasau, Na­droga.

“This is the kind of support that we would like to see around Fiji – support where the people and par­ticularly the children of Fiji will greatly benefit from. Thank you Peter and your team at Outrigger,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Two new classrooms were opened on Friday.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s gen­eral manager Peter Hopgood said the hotel was privileged to be work­ing with the school in maintaining a good system and support for the education of the students at the school.

“Seven years ago when Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort first connected with Conua school there were 55 students. Today they have over 125 students along with another 30 kindy school children. I believe that next year, these numbers will grow to over 180. What an amazing outcome,” Mr Hopgood said.

Mr Hopgood also acknowledged the staff at the hotel for their com­mitment to the project over the years.

“My team at Outrigger are so proud that we have been able to make a difference in the lives of these students. As you are all aware we have been involved with the Conua School for the past seven years. We have built new libraries, computer labs, meeting bures and last year we opened the new Eddie Betts Kindergarten,” he said.

Australian AFL star Eddie Betts was also present at the ceremony on Friday and echoed the same sen­timents as Mr Hopgood.

Mr Betts said it was life-changing to be able to see children’s lives in Fiji being impacted in a good way with projects such as this.

“Fiji holds a special place in my heart now. I identify with a lot of things here. I see so many simi­larities with my indigenous peo­ple back home in Australia with the warm smiles and the beautiful hearts of the people Fiji people,” he said.

At the same event, a groundbreak­ing ceremony was held for the building of new staff quarters.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: lusiana.banuve@fijisun.com.fj



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