Travel industry gives to Fiji children
We like to think we have a fairly positive tone to our stories on this blog, but it’s rare that we come across something as selfless as this. Fiji Airways partnered with Travel2, Tourism Fiji and the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji in a huge effort that saw more than 2,500 items personally delivered to children in need throughout the country.
The deliveries were made by the airline personally, as it flew ten randomly selected representatives from across all of the companies involved across to facilitate the present donations of educational supplies and toys.
According to a collective press release published by the effort, three primary schools in Suva received packages that included backpacks, books, and shoes. In total, 1,300 schoolchildren benefited, the majority of whom were raised by grandparents and fall below the poverty line.
“A growing number of people in Fiji are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, and education is the key to breaking this cycle,” commented Mark Punshon, vice president of sales at Travel2.
According to official figures, more than ten per cent of Fiji’s children between five and 14 years of age do not attend school, while more than 50 per cent of those who complete their primary education do not have the means or ability to go any further.
Mr Punshon added that the efforts to help people in need are currently having little impact and more assistance is required.
“Fiji has been good to the travel industry, and it’s time that we reciprocate to show that we care,” he said.
More than 450 travel agents across the world donated items to the Travel2 Cares initiative, which will also see the company sponsor the education of five children by paying for their uniforms, shoes, stationery, textbooks, book bags, project expenses and administrative fees for one year.