Send­ing books to Fiji

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Chil­dren in ru­ral Fiji will soon be read­ing books col­lected by The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints, also known as Mor­mons.

Or­gan­ised by Mor­mon Help­ing Hands, the Books for Fiji project in­volves books be­ing col­lected here and sent to re­mote ar­eas in the is­land na­tion.

‘‘The do­nated books will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by chil­dren of ru­ral schools in Fiji, where com­pet­ing de­mands on lim­ited fi­nan­cial re­sources of­ten place other ed­u­ca­tion needs ahead of read­ing books,’’ says Mere Tora, act­ing head of mis­sion for the Fijian High Com­mis­sion.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is right be­hind the col­lec­tion, keen to as­sist in im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tional re­sources in Fiji.

‘‘I ask the mem­bers of the Porirua com­mu­nity to look through their books that have been ly­ing around for years and bring them to any Porirua Li­brary.’’

Porirua City coun­cil­lor Faafoi Seiuli works at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity en­cour­ag­ing Pa­cific and Maori sec­ondary school stu­dents to strive for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘ Read­ing is a key to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion. I’m glad peo­ple in Porirua can make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of pri­mary school chil­dren in Fiji.’’

A range of use­ful books have been do­nated so far. From left is Porirua city coun­cil­lor Faafoi Seiuli, Mor­mon Help­ing Hands project di­rec­tor Eileen Mueller and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett.

Ni­raj Mu­daliar, sec­ond sec­re­tary to the Fijian High Com­mis­sion, who was MC at the Fijian rugby team’s wel­come to Te Rau­paraha Arena, dis­cussed the project with Mr Leggett.

He said chil­dren in the ru­ral parts of Fiji have no

ac­cess to li­braries.

To do­nate books, email books­for­, phone 04 389 8550 or go to the Face­book site NZ Books for Fiji. The col­lec­tion ends on Oc­to­ber 2. Lo­cal drop-offs in­clude: Dress- Smart Shop­ping Cen­tre; Tawa Com­mu­nity Cen­tre; Glover Memo­ri­als, Hartham Pl; Fly­ing Colours, 5 Serlby Pl, Porirua Li­braries. You can also de­liver them to any chapel of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints on Sun­day morn­ings.

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