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SPONSORSHIP: Rugby Family Benefits School Education

Viliame Natukua was a waiter at the Sheraton a few years ago and did what every worker in the hotel industry did – serving visitors to the best of their
28 Nov 2017 11:34
SPONSORSHIP: Rugby Family Benefits School Education
Wallace Bain with Viliame Natukua or Botica, as he is known in the school computer classroom. Photo: Charles Chambers

Viliame Natukua was a waiter at the Sheraton a few years ago and did what every worker in the hotel industry did – serving visitors to the best of their abilities.

Natukua, more fondly known as Botica, did not realise that his work would provide his village, Nawaka, in Nadi and especially the children with the latest educational technology one day.

Reminiscing on their friendship, New Zealand pharmacist Wallace Bain said they used to hold their conferences at Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa some 12 years ago.

“During the conferences each year Botica used to serve us and through our liking for rugby, we got to know each other.”

Mr Bain said Mr Natukua then invited him and some pharmacists to Nawaka Village where they were traditionally welcomed.

Following his visit to Nawaka, Mr Bain saw that the school needed to be up to date with technology and with other New Zealand pharmacists, formed the Nawaka Educational Charitable Trust to which they donate financially each month.

Through this trust, the school now has a fully air conditioned computer lab with 13 computers.

“We feel Fijians are the most beautiful people in the world and we can help them.

“We deal direct so there is no one in between who gets a cut for fees.

“Whatever we give goes straight in here.”

Mr Bain then met Alistair Haywood in New Zealand following one British and irish Lions Tour and developed a friendship after meeting at a bar following one of the test matches.

During the last tour by the Lions, they again met up and Mr Haywood after learning of the Trust decided that the company he was with, Promethean could become part of the education system at the school.

Through planning and meetings, the school yesterday received the latest educational teaching technology, worth over $20,000 for free from Promethean.

Mr Bain, who has a home on Denarau Island said he visited Fiji at least twice a year and usually popped in unannounced at the school.

“I make my way up to the computer lab and to see these young Fijians working on computers is so beautiful and that is why I plan to bring more for them.”

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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