The journey to recovery continues long after the rain has ceased and the waters have subsided. And whilst children in the Central division were enjoying their holidays, children of Holy Trinity Anglican School sacrificed their holiday collecting and packing school items for children of Votua Catholic Primary School in Ba as part of their "Back-to-School" Flood Appeal. The school was identified by the Ministry of Education as one of the schools that was badly affected by the recent flooding that caused widespread devastation in the West. Seeing the importance of this need, 2 classes of Holy Trinity Anglican School in Suva embarked on a "Back-to-School" Flood Appeal with a focus on school items, at the school immediately after the January floods. The initiative was largely driven by the children themselves and supported by the parents support group (CAPS Committee). The appeal saw a total of 100 school packs being collected, together with other items. Each school pack consisted of a school bag (either pre-loved or brand new), exercise books and stationeries.
Class 1 student Aaron Cheer, on presenting the items said "I am just happy to be able to do something positive during my school holiday", whilst the Class 4 students present said "This is an adventure in itself for us and the key message here is to reach out to fellow school children in need and what better way to do it during our school holidays".
On receiving the items, Anaseini of Votua Catholic School was overjoyed with the pack she received and said "I am overjoyed?it is more than I expected and I am pleasantly surprised that the children of Holy Trinity went out of their way to sacrifice their school holidays to bring the things all the way to our school. Vinaka Vakalevu".
Votua Catholic Primary School students of Class 1 & 4 each received a school pack with the remaining school packs given out the other children in the school as identified by the HeadTeacher.
"This is a historical event for Holy Trinity Anglican School and I am just amazed to see these young children go about the initiative together with a positive attitude with their class teachers. The initiative was strongly driven by the CAPS committee of both classes who mobilized the support of the headteacher, parents, guardians and friends of the class and school as a whole. And we are truly blessed for their act of kindness.". Said Fr Cama, Dean of the Anglican Church in Suva and Chairman of the Board of Governors for Holy Trinity Anglican School.
Appreciation extended to all parents, guardians, children, organisaions and friends of Holy Trinity that contributed positively to the "Back-to-School" Flood Appeal.