THE Tappoo Group has agreed to help with more than $10,000 to assist in the rebuilding of the Sigatoka Methodist Primary School's 13-classroom building that was destroyed by fire.
The retail giant revealed their longstanding relationship with the school and were touched by the impact of the school fire on the students — most were reduced to tears when they found out about the destruction on Monday morning.
Speaking on behalf of the group, chairman Kanti Tappoo said several generations of their family had attended Sigatoka Methodist School.
"Over the years, several generations of the Tappoo family have attended the Sigatoka Methodist School; the 95-year-old building that was razed by fire was perhaps the same roof under which many of the Tappoo family members actually schooled," Mr Tappoo said in a statement.
"The family have always felt kinship with the school and the district of Nadroga/Navosa.
"The Tappoo headquarters has always remained in Sigatoka despite many requests to relocate to the bigger cities."
He also highlighted other causes to which the company had dedicated its time and financial assistance.
"Amongst other philanthropic activities for mothers and children in the district, the Tappoo Group, in recent years, has donated over $10,000 through the Ministry of Education to fund scholarships for students in the Nadroga district, $12,000 to Sigatoka Hospital's maternity ward, over $10,000 to Save The Children society, $10,000 towards safe drinking water project in the Methodist school.
"We will continue to look for ways to assist the schools."