Posted by Chris McGrath on Feb 27, 2018
A chance visit to a small island off the south coast of Fiji sparked an interest in assisting the teachers and students from a small primary school in the South Pacific.

Dravuni Island school has 27 students from kindergarten to year 4, and two very dedicated teachers.
Waratah Club President Madeleine and partner PDG Brian Atkins spoke with the teachers whilst on holidays and were very quick to speak with Rotarian Laurie McGrath in Suva and PDG Gerard McMillan upon their return about the needs of the school.
The two clubs pooled resources and went shopping for a variety of school supplies. They included exercise books, scrapbooks, pencils and pencil cases, erasers and sharpeners, coloured pencils and markers, coloured chalk and chalkboard dusters, rulers, safety scissors, glue sticks, biros, award certificates, teacher’s flash cards, Tuff Tack adhesive and storage boxes.
Rotary in action was needed to get the two large cartons weighing 40kgs transported to Sydney, shipped to Suva and delivered to the island.
Rotarian Laurie McGrath arranged wavering of duties and gave the introduction to the Rotary Club of Suva’s President Joe Taio, who gave us the contact for a shipping company in Sydney.
It was a small project in Rotary terms but a huge effort for the two Rotary clubs. Determination can make anything happen when Rotary is involved.
We now await to hear from the teachers and students from Dravuni Island Primary School about their surprise packages.
On behalf of the members of Waratah and Singleton Sunrise Clubs