A warm welcome, enthusiasm for Kiwanis and pride in what has already been achieved was paramount in Fiji when Governor Megan Allan and Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Ville paid a visit in August.
Fiji is the newest country to join the worldwide family of Kiwanis – with one club established in Suva and another in the process of forming in Nadi. A planning workshop was held on Saturday with lots of time to enjoy the fellowship and hospitality of the Fijian Kiwanians.
The Fijians’ commitment to making their country a better place for children was evident. They see Kiwanis as an excellent organisation to make this happen. Already the club has given major support to cyclone victims on the island of Viti Levu – but they want to do much more to help in the future. Kiwanis NZ-SP District is right behind their plan!
The Kiwanis district project which supplies assistance to schools and children of the South Pacific will be able to help by way of container loads of donated goods that are sourced from New Zealand. At the Fiji end the Kiwanis club will distribute the goods to schools and villages where there are needs. That appears to be almost every small village in Fiji!
A workshop was held on Saturday to discuss plans for the organisation’s growth in Fiji.
It was attended by Suva Club officers and other interested Kiwanians and prospective members.
The following day the Governor and Lieutenant Governor were shown some of the cyclone damage on the island of Viti Levu as well as a school where donations from New Zealand had been put to good use.
A social highlight of the weekend for the district visitors was staying in the same hotel as the returning Fiji Sevens gold medal winning Olympic team.