FOUR of the poorest families in the Western Division will have the burden of educating their children at tertiary level removed after a charity golf tournament in Melbourne, Australia raised about $10,000 for this cause over the weekend.
Jerry Jeraj, founder of the Lalita Jeraj Trust, a charitable organisation based in Melbourne said the money raised would add to the scholarships currently being administered by the Trust for students from poor families studying at the University of Fiji. "Because of the money raised from this tournament, four new scholarships will be granted in 2013 for students from the poorest of families to study at the University of Fiji," he said.
"These families' average annual income is approximately $4200, which falls well below the poverty line. This brings to 16 the total number of students being supported with scholarships by the trust."
Mr Jeraj said with the inclusion of the four new scholarships, the Trust's annual commitment to the University of Fiji would now exceed $52,000 per annum.