Music man raises funds

US-based musician Pita Kotobalavu was beside himself after he learnt of the condition of his former primary school, half a world away after the school was ravaged by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

After learning of the damage sustained by the Namena District School, the musician embarked on gigs around his hometown in Wisconsin, US, to raise money for his former primary school

“I just had to do something as the school was part of my childhood and is where I’m from,” shared the musician who left Fiji more than two decades ago.

“I just want to give back. Fiji is still my home, despite being away for years.”

Kotobalavu, who hails from Namena in Tailevu, presented $2000 to the school manager yesterday.

The singer said he would continue his fundraising drive in the US this year.

Namena District School manager Avili Lagilagi welcomed the kind gesture and hoped more of their former students would help towards the rebuilding of their school which was destroyed by the Category 5 cyclone.

“Right now our Year 7 and 8 students are being housed in the dining room while we await repairs to their classrooms. Our library is no longer in use as most of our computers were destroyed and the building is not sustainable,” he adds.

Kotobalavu is the lead singer for Unity the Band, a roots, rock, and reggae group that has been performing around the US for the past years.

The band has just released their seventh album called Sunset.

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