A TravelManager from Woody Point in Queensland is inspiring her local community to make a difference overseas by sharing her own charitable efforts.
Anyone who knows Karen Christie, has heard of the role she played in creating a much-needed library at Fiji’s Deuba District School in Pacific Harbour.
Recently, a chance meeting at a wedding in Fiji not only have her the opportunity to share her tale, but support the same Fijian community in an even bigger way.
She struck up a conversation with one of the guests, who asked about her involvement in Fiji.
She told him about the library she helped build and the school’s desperate need for resources.
The stranger she was chatting to just happened to be a Rotarian from Brisbane and that his club was seeking an international aid project to get involved with.
He invited Karen to speak to at his club, which lead to the proposal for a grant to donate to Fiji.
Director of Project Services at the Rotary Club of Pine Rivers Daybreak, Craig Pratt, applied to the Head Office of Rotary International in the USA, who approved a grant of $15,000, half of which will be raised locally by the Club members.
The Club will now assist with fundraising and sourcing of materials and Club members will travel to Fiji to help with the construction of new toilet blocks, rainwater tanks and walkways, as well as fixing floorboards and windows and painting the school.
“We were so inspired by Karen’s personal charitable work assisting school children in Fiji that we decided to jump on board and undertake a substantial project to improve the educational resources at the Deuba District School in Fiji.”
Craig Pratt, Rotary Club of Pine Rivers Daybreak Director of Project Services
Now she’s urging others to get involved.
Christie says it’s essential to have good contacts in Fiji anyone else wants to help out in a similar way.
Her years spent building a successful business in Fiji saw her ideally placed to make what she describes as a small difference in people’s lives.
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