PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has hailed an initiative by the Nadi chapter of former scholars of Marist Brothers' High School to support a sports structure in the school.
This fundraising initiative was launched last Saturday night at the Farmers Club of which Bainimarama, also an alumnus of Marist, was the chief guest.
The event, which was launched with a $4000 contribution by Digicel Fiji, was graced by many prominent businessmen, women, former scholars and family.
"I must congratulate the Nadi MOB chapter for this initiative as it falls in line with my government's vision for the education of our children," Bainimarama said.
"A government that puts aside a fifth of its budget for education is a government that is serious about its country's education.
"I have given you free education for the new year among many other things, and I commend the initiative by the Nadi MOB chapter because sports is part and parcel for the education of our children."
Nadi MOB president Joe Rayawa said the main purpose of the event was to raise funding to launch and introduce into Marist Brothers' High School a rugby sports development structure, professionally designed to produce a better outcome for young men who wish to pursue sports as a career in life.
The Nadi MOB has supported the rugby program at the school for the past two years which had resulted in Marist winning the under-19 and under-16 Deans titles this year.
"The objective behind this initiative is a noble one and we have a special sports committee committed to launching this in 2014," he added.