Pres­i­dent Kon­rote Ap­plauds Cole

Fiji Sun - - Sports - Edited by Osea Bola CHARLES CHAM­BERS charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

Over the years, Cole has re­turned each time with some do­na­tion, in­clud­ing rais­ing over $83,000 in 2010 to help build a 40-bed dor­mi­tory for the Bu­calevu Sec­ondary School on Tave­uni.

Aus­tralian Peter Cole vis­ited Fiji in 2000 as an 18-year- old and what he saw changed his life ever since. Be­ing a visi­tor and with a pas­sion for sports, Cole was moved by Fi­jian chil­dren kick­ing empty plas­tic bot­tles around be­cause they did not have a ball to play with. He be­gan the or­gan­i­sa­tion Spirit of Shar­ing (SOS) and also do­nates sport­ing gear to Van­u­atu. Over the years, Cole has re­turned each time with some do­na­tion, in­clud­ing rais­ing over $83,000 in 2010 to help build a 40 bed dor­mi­tory for the Bu­calevu Sec­ondary School on Tave­uni. Yes­ter­day he handed over 32 con­tain­ers of sport­ing equip­ment which the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the and also the Min­istry of Youth and Sports will help dis­trib­ute. Pre­sid­ing over the hand­ing over cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote said the world and Fiji needed more peo­ple like Cole. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Cole was two of his col­leagues who had worked tire­lessly over the years to source dona­tions in Aus­tralia, hus­band and wife Wil­liam and Mar­garet Hamilton.

Kon­rote said Fiji was in­deed blessed by their ges­ture.

“Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and sports has many health ben­e­fits and ap­plies to peo­ple of all ages,”he said. “We need to in­tro­duce healthy liv­ing habits to have a health­ier na- tion.” The Pres­i­dent ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Cole and SOS. “You have come a long way from an 18-year old. The world and Fiji needs peo­ple like you.”

Photo: Kathrin Kr­ishna

From left: Pres­i­dent Ma­jor- Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote, Peter Cole, Mar­garet Hamilton, Wil­liam Hamilton and the Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Laise­nia Tuitubou at the Water­front Ho­tel in Lautoka yes­ter­day.

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