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Gifts for schools

Shayal Devi
Saturday, February 01, 2014

TWO hundred school chairs and 75 desks were among items given by a good Samaritan to rural schools in the West.

Marcelina Cox of Australia brought a 20-foot shipping container full of items from her hometown of Brisbane and handed them over to Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki in Lautoka yesterday.

"I have been doing community work since 2012 and all my friends and family members in Australia help out as often as they can with the donations," she said.

"I am also regularly assisted by the Lions Club in Australia."

Mrs Cox said her family had provided materials on three previous occasions, such as hospital beds to Ba Mission Hospital. but this time it was solely for educational purposes.

"We have the chairs that were donated by a school in our locality, books and household items that schools will benefit from.

"When people in Australia found out that we have been giving donations, they have been ringing us to see how they can help us.

"We had to pay $3200 to get the shipping container to Fiji and the government offered to pay $700 and Fiji Airways has been a big help as well."

Cdr Cawaki said all donations to worthy causes were welcomed.

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