PROVIDING books to schools in the country and strengthening reading skills, knowledge and awareness is what the Go Get Funding Project is all about.
The project which focuses on giving reading books to students in the west and parts of the Central Division is organised by Michele Darmanin, Corrine Angus and Annie Madden, who is the director of community support networks in Fiji. Mrs Darmanin said the ultimate goal of their project was to strengthen the learning and knowledge of Fiji schoolchildren through donations of books and associated educational material.
"We hope to impart and nurture a love and appreciation for reading and learning for kindergarten, primary and high school students," Mrs Darmanin said.
"And establish and restock school libraries for the neediest schools, especially those in remote and isolated locations, and meet the needs of Fiji schools, especially those which have not received new books for many years."
Mrs Darmanin said they had 400 cartons of books and were seeking urgent assistance to help meet the cost of shipping them.
"To date we have had an incredibly positive response to our project, having received the equivalent of more than eight pallets of donations from the NSW Department of Education," she said.
"Other books were donated from many authors, illustrators, publishers, schools, teachers, parents and many other caring individuals from all around the world, not just Australia and New Zealand.
"A 100 per cent of all donations will be going directly towards helping pay for the expensive large shipment of educational books for the 15 recipient Fiji schools. We plan to visit several of the recipient schools in March."
These include Navunisea District, Lawaki District, Namalata District, Waidalice District, Waidalice Primary, Momi Primary, Bainimarama-Vatutoka Primary, St John's College, Naivicula Primary, Natovi Primary, St Vincent College, Natovi and Dawasamu High schools.