A Sydney man, Mr Dean Rowland, who was a passenger on the Sigatoka River Safari in Fiji has generously donated FJ$7000 to the village he visited on his tour, making it the largest donation to date.
The FJ$7000, donated to the Naveyago Village in September, has been given to the Department of Energy in Fiji to connect electricity for the village.
Other large donations to date from passengers include FJ$5000 donated to the Vunaqoru Village and used to complete their village a church by an Adelaide man last June and in 2007 a Ethel McAlpine and sister Sally White donated FJ$3000 to Sautabu Village to help build a footpath, provide subsequent lights and build a memorial to their late brother.
Sigatoka River Safari also contributes directly to the village visited on that day as a percentage from all fares go the villages so they can fund their various respective village projects and the company has committed itself to looking after the 14 Fijian villages it works with.
“I decided early on when I pursued my dreams and started the business that I was going to do something every six months to benefit the 14 villages we work with in the hills of Navosa.” Said Jay Whyte, Sigatoka River Safari, founder and CEO.
The first project Sigatoka River Safari embarked on was to supply these remote villages with new Easy-Tel phones which work on the old analog mobile phone network. For the first time ever the villager’s could communicate with the outside world and with each other instantly.
The second project involved purchasing small, mobile water filters for each village and the third project was to install a fixed water filter in fourteen villages over three days so the villages can access clean drinking water any time of the day, seven days a week.
Sigatoka River Safari currently is having a boat built that will transport children from the villages of Koroua, Vunaqoru, Toga, Naveyago, Sautabu, Koronisagana and Natawatawadi Villages to Naqalimare District School, meaning they will no longer have to swim across the river to get to and from school.
Passengers are not obliged to give donations on their safari tour but can do so if they feel they would like to assist their new friends in the village.
Sigatoka River Safari operates two daily tours Monday to Saturday at 8.30am and 1.00pm. For pick-ups from Coral Coast resorts prices are adults FJD$210.00 and children (4 -15yrs) FJD$99.00. Prices for pick-ups from Nadi/Denarau resorts are adults FJD$230.00 and children (4 to 15yrs) FJD$110.00. All children under 3 are free.
Prices include transfers to and from resorts, a 4.5 hr safari tour, tropical lunch in a Fijian village, a contribution to your village, complimentary safari Sulu and a 10% shopping discount at Tappoos.
Source = Sigatoka River Safari