On the last week of our stay in Vione village everything has been moving slowly as our time of departure to leave this beautiful and lovely place is drawing close. On Monday morning we had a team treasure hunt which was organized by the leaders, involving solving clues and team activities around the village. After lunch we had to get things set up for the village funday during which lemon bobbing followed by ‘flower bobbing’, coconut shys, cake stands and face painting were all in full flow. Needless to say the Vione favourite Twister made an appearance and the afternoon was rounded off with a TP vs Kids tug of war (we lost!!!). It was a fun afternoon and we raised a little bit of money for the village.
The days events were followed by grog which kept flowing every night this week in our new village hall. On Tuesday afternoon we had house cup sports day which involved wheel barrow races, coconut darts, an old school relay and finished off with an assault course unlike any other. One of the little ones even got himself lost under the tarpaulin; a particular highlight! Wednesday saw us head to school for the last time to have the finals of the House Cup; public speaking and singing. Afterwards we presented the winning house KAKA with their very own house cup trophy, which was received with copious smiles and cheering. We then awarded some of the kids who had shown real improvement in class and sports since we arrived with a very unique TP certificate. We also presented the school with the fundraiser money ($134) to help pay the kindi teacher’s wage. With that we said our very last farewell and a massive thankyou to Vione Primary school. To all of the kids, Ana, Nunia, Mereoni and Master Joe – Vinaka Vakalevu!
Thursday morning eventually saw us venture back out onto the reef to do some snorkeling with nemo one last time. Then in the afternoon we had a fun game of netball between TP boys and TP girls which was followed by our last rugby match where vione and TP battled it out against Lekanai. Rugby was the winner in this contest by far! Friday rolled around and somehow our last day in Vione came. We spent the day with new friends and family before the massive feast and farewell church service. Everyone was then showered with presents from their new Fijian families before indulging in our last grog and hophop party in Vione village. Everyone went out with a blast staying up to see the sunrise before jumping on the boat on Saturday morning. After one last big breakfast in Vione we were waved off with some of the village boys singing their last farewell song. It was a sad and very emotional farewell, and we would like to say a big vinaka vakalevu to all of Vione for making us such an integral part of their amazing community over the last eight weeks, we shall never forget, sota tale!