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Ahura Resorts & SpotGo Partner To Upgrade Kindergarden In Yaro

“Providing high quality education to the children of our resource owners on Yaro village is so important and we are so grateful that we can partner with Brendan and Nancy and all their family and friends who, through their efforts, have ensured these vital works can go ahead.”
10 Aug 2022 17:07
Ahura Resorts & SpotGo Partner To Upgrade Kindergarden In Yaro
From right: Ahura Resorts owners Tony and Brigid Whitton with his staff , SpotGo representatives and members of the Yaro community.

Ahura Resorts – the Fijian family company who owns and operates Malolo Island and Likuliku Lagoon Resorts, has partnered with Australian family business – SpotGo Premium Cleaning Products and owners Brendan and Nancy Small, to upgrade the Kindergarten and teacher’s quarters in the local Malolo Island village of Yaro.

Navatalesau Brigid Kindergarten has 10 students from four to six years old, and is a partnership between Fiji’s Ministry of Education, Yaro Village, Ahura Resorts and owners the Whitton family.

Beginning in August, an investment of $45,000 will go towards the upgrading of the Kindergarten Building and surrounding services and, the Kindergarten teacher’s quarters – a joint project between SpotGo and Ahura Resorts Yaro Village Kindy Foundation.

 

SpotGo’s Brendan and Nancy Small are not only multiple return guests to Malolo and Likuliku over the years, but Brendan is also a grandson to Roy Whitton, which is why he has such a love and connection to Fiji and his Fijian family.

It was on one particular visit when Brendan and Nancy took the resort Village Tour in February of this year, that they decided they would like to partner with Ahura Resorts and the Whitton family to assist the Kindergarten.

Since then, they have undertaken several fundraising efforts in Australia from which the generosity of those who have donated funds, has now enabled this vital work to proceed. 50% of the funds will go to installing solar electricity to the Kindy classroom, water storage for toilets and washrooms, and an upgrade of the classroom and playground.

The other 50% will be allocated to upgrading the Kindergarten teacher’s quarters which will include providing electricity via solar panels, water storage, kitchen and bathroom extensions, and other ancillary services.

Children of Yaro Village with tourism stakeholders at the Yaro village kindergarten.

Children of Yaro Village with tourism stakeholders at the Yaro village kindergarten.

The project will take two weeks with a team of construction workers and volunteers, together with the solar engineers and Yaro village Kindy committee.

Ahura’s Fijian owners Tony and Brigid Whitton said, “We are delighted that both our beautiful resorts have re-opened after being closed for almost two years due to the COVID pandemic and, now able to support the Kindy again by carrying out critical upgrades of services and infrastructure.”

“Providing high quality education to the children of our resource owners on Yaro village is so important and we are so grateful that we can partner with Brendan and Nancy and all their family and friends who, through their efforts, have ensured these vital works can go ahead.”

 

Brendan and Nancy Small, the owners of SpotGo said, “When we visited in February we realized that the Kindergarten was closed for almost two years and was only now slowly re-opening. We know that much of the village economy relies on Tourism and COVID lock-downs had a big impact on the children of Yaro village.”

“We went back home and talked to friends and donors on how the Kindy was in need of assistance and started this fundraiser. So we’re delighted to see the works begin.”

 

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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