What an amazing last day in Malawai! It was so eventful I don’t know where to start!
The morning was just chilling and cramming all our souvenirs of mats, palm birds and fans into our already full rucksacks.
Then we all headed down to the hall for an informal church ceremony and the start of the nights proceedings! It seemed like the whole of Malawai and Lamiti were in the community hall and there was a fantastic atmosphere. After a few words from Master Kinney to say goodbye to Think Pacific some of our guys responded with a heartfelt speech written and recited by Emma, Kate, Charlotte P and Charlie thanking the village for all they had done for us. It was greatly appreciated by everyone as they said their goodbyes and added to the events atmosphere.
We then filed out of the hall to open the toilet and shower block which ended up being a bit of a comedy scene! As the whole event was running on Fiji time it was dark when Lulu and one of the elders stood outside the build and said some words of thanks to everyone involved. As we have had no electricity during our stay there was a makeshift generator to provide a, lets say, not so substantial light which was placed in one of the toilets and was possibly the loudest motorized noise heard! So here we were, standing in almost pitch dark,looking in the general direction of the build and not hearing a word! Much to the amusement of all of us!
It was then back into the hall for a huge feast! Prawns, crabs, big fish, roti, curry to name but a few of the delicacy laid out for us! As soon as the ladies removed the places the grog bowls handed out and before you could say ‘bilo levu sinai’ (big bowl full) everyone was grabbed by the village and as commenced the final evening of grog and hop hop till the early hours. It was an amazing send off by the village of Malawai and was a day and night I’m sure the volunteers won’t forget it for many, many years!