Help from Melbourne for Fiji school sport

An "old boy" pupil from Melbourne has collected thousands of dollars worth of new sports equipment for Catholic schools in Fiji.

Fides Service reports that Peter Cole, a former pupil at a Salesian school in Melbourne, has collected and shipped to Suva, Fiji, a container full of the latest sports equipment for distribution among Catholic schools.

Mr Cole had the idea after visiting several schools in Fiji in the last five years and noting the scarcity of sports equipment.

Peter and Don Bosco House campus in Nakasi now serve as a point of distribution. The Fiji government, the Australian High Commissioner and the Catholic authorities in Suva smoothed importation proceedings and helped with the distribution.

Marist missionaries began work in Fiji in 1844 after Methodists had been firmly established. Today there are 70 Catholic schools spread over the former British colony.

Salesian volunteers are seeing to its destination the equipment anxiously awaited by the school pupils who look forward to playing the sports they have so far only seen on television.

Sport promotes friendship and solidarity: 'old boy' donates new sports equipment for Catholic schools (Fides 25/3/06)

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28 Mar 2006