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Benefactor pays for boy's tuition all the way to university

Maciu Malo
Sunday, January 12, 2014

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Ratu Jone Nakulaniyasiyasi of Narata Village, Nadroga has been given the best gift of his life — education.

Ratu Jone who was brought up by his mother received a timely sponsorship from Australian couple Stephen and Louise Thompson for studies until he graduates from university.

This means the Natabua High School student will now study free.

His sponsor, Mr Thompson who is a frequent visitor to Fiji, said Ratu Jone's plight caught his attention

"I always come here and obviously spent money in the tourism industry and support the industry but I thought of giving money on a personal level," said Mr Thompson.

"I did a bit of searching on the computer and found Fiji Kids charity website and Ratu Jone was one of the applicants that caught our eyes.

"I have no family links in Fiji but have been coming to this beautiful country since I was 12 years old. I wanted to do something extra.

"Now we have a new family in Fiji through Ratu Jone and we will pay for his university fees if he wants to go there."

Emotional mother, Mereseini Ramoce, said her prayers to secure a good future for her son had been answered.

"I hardly earned money in the village and I am blessed that my son's education is going to be looked after," she said.

"The onus is on me to support my son in his studies and I thank Fiji Kids and Mr Thompson for sponsoring my son's education."


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