TWENTY-seven students of Holy Family Primary School in Labasa counted themselves fortunate after a good Samaritan offered $2100 to pay for their outstanding school fees on Tuesday.
The students were either from poor families or farming background whose parents had difficulties in supporting their education because of financial constraints.
School board member and social worker Selina Lee Wah said the assistance was timely because it was nearing the end of the year when students had to clear their fees.
"I recently met the donor here in Labasa and I was sharing to her the plight of these students and she generously offered the substantial amount of money without hesitation," Mrs Lee Wah said.
"It's a relief not only for the students but for me as well because I know such a kind donation is helping me fulfil my duty as a social worker."
Mrs Lee Wah said the assistance was certainly a blessing in disguise for the students and relief to parents who had struggled to send their children to school and at the same time put food on the table.
"We are really appreciative of this assistance and we thank the donor for having a heart that cared for the welfare of the needy children in school," she said.
"As for me, I will continue to help the students and do the best I can so they can study and complete their education without any complication."