Andrew and Julie Swan, Anthea and Mick Newton, have created a fundraiser to help Fijian kids

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsWhen Julie and Andrew Swan realised children at a remote school in Fiji had to bring their own water to school and tip dirty bore water down the toilet they wanted to help.

They uncovered the limited facilities during a holidaylast year when they went on an adventure to the main island to immerse themselves in authentic Fijian culture.

The water tanks at Qumusea District School were cracked and couldn’t hold water, the gutters had fallen into disrepair and the toilets didn’t flush.

Each student had to bring their own water to schooland hopetheir daily allocation didn’t run out.

Mrs Swan said the school’s 98 primary school children took turns at using dirty bore water, which the government supplies, to manually flush the toilets at the end of the day.

She could not believe there were only two toilets at the school and said no child should have to perform that task.

She also said the children didn’t own any shoes to protect their feet during the long walk to and from school.

“They have no verandahs on their classrooms, the windows are rusted and hard to open and close, and there is no play equipment at all – just a large patch of grass where they hope to one day enjoy some equipment,” Mrs Swansaid.“These are basic needs the children are entitled to.”

A chance meeting during the holiday saw the couple team up withAnthea and Mick Newton, the directors of A Day On the Green,andcreate a plan to help.

They hope to raise $10,000 to pay for the repairs through a collection at A Day On The Green atBimbadgen Estate on April 1 anda Go Fund Me page.

“I was so excited to think that they too wanted to help out, and that we had the opportunity of doing something to make our goal of helping these kids a reality,” Mrs Swan said.

Mr Newton urged people to dig deep and support the cause.

“ A Day On The Green is always keen to support local communities and one way we can do that is by having a tin collection at our events,” he said.“This can greatly benefit local charities so we’re really happy we can provide the opportunity … we hope all our patrons will dig deep.”

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