It all started last year when I visited the Solomon Islands and went to a school with a library but no books.
The children were so eager to learn and they read anything they could get their hands on, even rubbish in the street. On my return home I talked with The Weekend Sun’s reporter Hunter Wells who was keen to share the story.
The response from the people and schools of Tauranga was amazing and over the course of this year we have received thousands of books, school journals and art supplies and even lovely new teddy bears to send to the children.
As I have heard from many people who have sent books to the Pacific Islands the biggest hurdle is getting them there but when I was in the Solomon’s I was very lucky to meet Craig Wrigglesworth a manager for Fletcher Construction and I told him about the empty school library, he said: “Jan you get the books and we will get them there for you”.
Aren’t Kiwis great! Always willing to help and with that Kiwi ‘can-do’ attitude which also extended to Ian and Shane at Kent Valley Truck Rentals at Gate Pa who waived the hire fee for the truck to transport the books to Auckland last week.
Soon the books will be on a container on their way to fill up that empty school library.
On behalf of the kids I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in this project.