ELOISE BIGGIN: This trip was an inspirational experience - no amount of descriptive words nor perfect pictures could capture the amazing journey I've encounted.
MASCADRI: This once in a lifetime opportunity has been just that! These precious moments and amazing adventures have definitely changed the way I will look at my life.
LINSY ARMBRUSTER: Having an extraordinary amazing experience like this is a once in a lifetime experience. I couldn't have asked for a better way to make new friends and new memories. Truly life changing!
RAWCS TEAM MEMBERS:
KAREN THOMAS (President R/C Burleigh Heads): This has been the most enjoyable experience of my life. I am coming back for sure - there is much more to do.
JAN CROSS (President R/C Tenterfield): Fantastic
experience - highly recommend that anyone who has the chance of an experience such as this grabs it with both hands. Words cannot express the gratitude of the people. You have to see their faces to understand.
OVERELL (Rotarian R/C Tenterfield): A commitment to join the volunteer team to visit Naiyala High School 5 months ago was a decision made without any hesitation. The experience has now become a reality. I have been humbled by the
school community, the villages we have visited, the people on the buses we travelled on and my hosts who I stayed with. All these people say "thank-you" to me - but my "thank-you" goes to all of them for welcoming me into
their lives. I hope my contribution makes a difference.
PDG ROSS SMITH (President R/C Palm Beach): For the small amount we have given we have been more than rewarded with loyalty, generosity and kindness. It certainly
reinforces the old adage - "It is better to give than to receive".
HEINZ BUSCHER (RAWCS Work-party Boss - Stanthorpe): At Naiyala I met the friendliest people I have
ever met. It was a pleasure to help.
GINO CABRIA (Rotarian R/C Stanthorpe): The most humbling experience of my life - living in the village environment with overwhelming difficulties and being involved with a
wonderful team of willing workers. I will always remember them.
ELAINE CABRIA (Stanthorpe): An enriching experience from every aspect - not only with the Fijian people and their customs but working with the whole
team and making new friends.
BILL HUMBLE (Honorary Member R/C Stanthorpe): We have just scratched the surface. I have learned the true meaning of generosity, friendship and humility.
BILL BONNER (Past President
R/C Stanthorpe): It has been too long since I last visited this beautiful country and its happy people - it has been great to come back.
The hosting of team members by locals was innovative, and I believe, very succesful. The result has been many close friendships. The only down side was the lack of a reliable water supply, but this served
to remind us that these conditions are something the locals face daily. The team was diverse in skills, but worked well, It is sad that illness and wet weather prevented us from completing more projects. The diabetes project must be followed up. Bula Vinaka.
CHARLOTTE DOSS (Rotaractor
- Burleigh Heads Club): This has been the most amazing experience! I love it here and I don't want to leave.
JUDY LEE (Stanthorpe): Another of life's valued experiences - serving the
people we love so much - in Fiji - the friendliest place on earth. Working, sharing, learning, bonding with the team members and students has been an amazing journey over two weeks.
I personally thank students Eloise, Katlin and Linsy for their exemplary behaviour, their willingness to embrace the people and their culture, and for their active participation in all aspects of the program.
I believe this unique Cultural and Educational Experience between the Naiyala High School, Fiji, and St. Joseph's High School, Stanthorpe, Queensland, has been overwhelmingly successful and trust it will
continue into the future.
PDG DAVID LEE (Team Leader - Rotarian R/C Stanthorpe):
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A great volunteer team of members who showed fortitude and determination to achieve our goals. The Rotary Clubs of Stanthorpe, Tenterfield, Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach can
be justly proud of the contributions made by their club members involved in the project.
The involvement of two members in the educational aspect of the Naiyala
School was greatly appreciated by the Principal and teachers. The testing of 225 village people for diabetes was a very successful part of our program aimed to improve the health of the local community.
I say "thank-you" to all members of the RAWCS Project - your contribution has made a significant difference to the lives of students and teachers
at the Naiyala High School and many people from the surrounding villages.
THE CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL GUIDED EXPERIENCE
Eloise, Katlin and Linsy have been a credit to their school, St. Joseph's, Stanthorpe and their sponsor Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe can be justly proud of the way they represented Rotary at all times. For their willingness to seize the opportunities and learn from every new experience - I say "thank-you".
hope this unique concept of a Cultural & Educational Guided Experience between St. Joseph's High School, Stanthorpe and the Naiyala High School, Fiji will continue in the future.
PDG DAVID LEE (Team Leader)