I just want to let everyone know that we are in the process of ordering our jersey's for my rugby club back in Nacamaki, Fiji. I just want to thank everyone who donated to my fundraising efforts, with a special thanks to Karl Fix, the Dog River Howlers and the Campion Grads for their support and donations. Any extra money raised I will be using to purchase rugby shoes in Fiji. If anyone is still interested in donating, they can contact me through my email at email@example.com or at my home at 306-586-7310. Thanks again for all the support, it is greatly appreciated!
Growing up in the Fiji Islands, I learned to love rugby at an early age and have never stopped. I grew up on Koro Island which is one of the 150 islands that make up Fiji. My village, Nacamaki village, has a population of about 180 people and still to this day has no electricity, no running water and is only accessible by an eight hour boat ride. The islands of Fiji are known for their beauty, but it is also important to make people aware that Fiji is a developing country and over 80% of Fijian people live in poverty. Rugby is a beloved sport in Fiji, but it is not uncommon to see most players playing barefoot and to see team uniforms that are decades old due to the economic challenges of the country. I received my first pair of rugby shoes when I was 14 and I was lucky enough to make my village rugby team and go on to represent my island team, and Fiji, at higher levels, as well as embark on rugby at an international level. Even though I live in Canada now, I am a Fijian at heart and I will always be grateful for my Fijian roots. I am humbled by my upbringing in a country and village surrounded by poverty.
In December 2012, I will be traveling to my village in Fiji to visit my family. In support of the continued development of rugby in Fiji, and specifically of my village's rugby club, I have decided to fundraise in effort to buy a new set of jerseys for my village's rugby club. My goal is to raise enough money to buy a complete set of jerseys for 15's aside (which would also be used for 7's aside). The jerseys that the club is currently using are the same jerseys that I wore 9 years ago. I am grateful to the support that my village gave to me as I persued my rugby career and would like to show my appreciation by giving back to my community."