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$16k school renovation

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A $16,000 project funded by Australia's Newport Rugby Club and Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji has resulted in the upgrade of Conua District School located in Sigatoka Valley.

About 70 junior rugby players and 68 fathers accompanying them worked with the Coral Coast resort to refurbish the school by repainting the school buildings and constructing a perimeter fence around the school grounds.

Resort general manager Peter Hopgood said the partnership was a great outcome for the school.

"It was also a great opportunity for the young Sydney lads to roll up their sleeves and do some volunteer work, which benefits kids of a similar age who are less privileged than themselves," Mr Hopgood said.

"In this case, it was gratifying to see more than 100 young men from the surrounding villages also pitching in to assist with the renovations and construction."

Evergreen Tours general manager and Newport Rugby Club officiator Angus Chrichton said the school project was the highlight of the club's tour to Fiji.

"To see over 150 people from all corners of the world working together to improve Conua District School is the true sense of community," he said.

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