CAPTION: Management and staff of Fiji Beach Resort & Spa Managed by Hilton pose for a photo with students, teachers and FENC Fiji officials this morning. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.
By JOSEPHINE NAVULA
THREE Nadi school students’ hearts were lifted today after the kind donation of their school fees from Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, Managed by Hilton with the assistance of Foundation for Education of needy Children (FENC) Fiji at the resort’s Kids club.
Presenting the school fees, Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, Managed by Hilton, General Manager, Frederick Lebegue said they are glad to be giving back to the community.
“With the help of FENC Fiji, we’ve identified some families who need support in terms of school work, and we’ve come to a conclusion to pay school fees for the students,” he said.
Lebegue also mentions that the resort have been giving back to the community for numerous years.
He said they recently donated two computers to the Nadi Special School, and plans to continue giving to the community in the coming years.
“We are planning to make some more donations to the community,” he said.
Nadi College’s form four student, Mereseini Lisikimatuku could not express how happy she was about today’s function.
“I am very happy about this donation as it will really help my family in a lot of ways,” she said.
The 15-year-old girl from Gau, is the second youngest of four siblings and lives with her parents in Korociri, Nadi. Her father, Rupeni Vakacegu, is the only bread winner of the family, while her mother, Alena Vakacegu stays at home and looks after the family.
Sharing similar sentiments, form five student of Nadi Sanagam SKM College, Alex Shivneel, saw it as a major help to his family, since his father had passed away long time ago and his elder sister is now the only one providing for the family.
“My father had passed away with heart attack when I was a very young boy and now I only live with my sister and mother, I am so glad to be one of the students to be helped by Hilton and FENC Fiji,” he said.
There were three students selected for this donation and a student from Andrew’s Primary School was not present at the occasion.