AN assistance of $1000 by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha put a smile on the faces of members of the Methodist Church in Fiji yesterday, as the two religious groups came together for the sake of education.
The assistance was made to the church to help them with the rebuilding of 13 classrooms at the Sigatoka Methodist Primary School that suffered a major fire on Sunday night.
The fire took 13 classrooms and the staff quarters in its rage.
Speaking at the handover of the cheque, Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra expressed his gratitude towards the sabha for their help.
"The Arya is a group that has helped schools.
"Their coming today is a blessing to the Methodist church and being two different religious organisations, this is a good omen for Fiji," Mr Nawadra said.
"If we work together along these lines and along these levels, this will be a good thing for Fiji as a whole."
In handing over the cheque, sabha president Kamlesh Arya said the importance of education for children was important to both religions and therefore they had to help out in some way.
"We, like the Methodist church, are also a charitable organisation.
"The compassion which drove us to this donation was that we are also an educational stakeholder and the Methodist church is one of the largest stakeholders in the country," Mr Arya said.
"The driving factor was that these kinds of calamities could affect anybody."