Old chairs to make a dif­fer­ence

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DALBY res­i­dent Mary Fasi seized on an old stack of school chairs which will be­come an in­valu­able re­source for the kids of her home town.

Mrs Fasi is from Santa Ana, a small re­mote is­land in the far east of the Solomons, and is the first per­son from home to come to Aus­tralia.

She said this would be the first time the chil­dren on the is­land would ever re­ceive any­thing.

“See­ing chil­dren in this coun­try hav­ing day to day good re­sources, I de­cided to come up with an idea with my daugh­ters to sal­vage and buy old chairs to help the chil­dren in my coun­try.

“It is very hard for the chil­dren, they don't have books, they don't have toys to play with and they sit on the dirt floor,” she said.

The chairs are ex­pected to ar­rive in late De­cem­ber, in time for Christ­mas.

PHOTO: JAMES LIVERIS

QUEEN SOLOMON: Mary Fasi at the Learn­ing Tree in Dalby, where the in­spi­ra­tion be­gan.

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