A FIJIAN primary school community was overwhelmed when local builder Hotondo Homes picked up their paintbrushes to help out the less fortunate school.
Nawaicoba Public School was in need of a serious paint job, but the estimated three years of fundraising it would require to complete the task was proving a challenge.
The Hotondo Homes annual conference was taking place on Denarau Island and the group seized the opportunity to give back to the Fijian community by painting the entire school.
Hotondo Homes CEO Caroline Kennedy said what could have taken several months to complete took the group only two and a half hours.
“It’s easy to give money to a charity but I believe it’s more important to put in your time and effort,” she said.
“It makes you really appreciate and be grateful for the life we lead.”
Nawaicoba Public School has approximately 200 students and many of them spend up to two hours commuting to and from the school.
With limited resources, the group was initially planning to donate textbooks and supplies to the public school.
However, after viewing the school’s circumstances, the Hotondo Homes team committed to providing greater assistance.
The Hotondo Homes group of 200 included franchisees and their families, support office staff and national suppliers who all embraced the task at hand.
Local Hotondo Homes’ builders Trent and Caroline Allen said it was an extremely rewarding experience.
“It can be hard to think of ways to give back to a community like this,” Caroline said.
“But when we saw the happiness on the school kids’ faces we knew we had done something fantastic.”
Even the youngest members of the family were eager to pick up a brush and help out.
Sash, 11, and Lucas, 8, were shocked to discover not all schools had the facilities and equipment they had grown
“I really wanted to help paint the school to make it a better place for the children,” Sash said.
“We had lots of fun playing soccer with the children – they were very happy,” Lucas said.
Organisers praised the entire team’s commitment to the task.
Rosie Holidays Operations Manager Sunil Kumar said the group was the most dedicated and hardworking he’d ever seen.
“They didn’t give into any distractions and were quick to finish the job with a smile on their faces,” he said.
Hotondo Homes is working hard to continue supporting Nawaicoba Public School and its students.
Hotondo Homes helps paint brighter future