After the grand finale for the sports day and house cup finals, our attention quickly turned to our charity fun day and our farewell Meke performance (traditional Fijian dance). For the fun day we set out a number of stalls. James and Luke had a ‘guess how many shells in the jar’, Ruth and Tyne did Quava bobbing, Rob and Jack held a penalty shoot out, Laura, Lizzie and Letty were imaginative with the face painting, Jess and Steph baked cakes for a cake stall, and Ludo and Jade had a coconut shy. Jack and James also donated a pair of trainers each for the village raffle, to go with a Think Pacific t shirt and sulu!
It was a great day for the village and team, coming together to raise funds, and this was something they had not experienced before. They also loved the prizes of lolly pops, mango skins and the donations from the volunteers. We raised $85 which we donated to the village on the last day of project.
On the final day of project we performed a Meke which a villager (Doss) had been teaching us throughout the final week. The villagers also dressed us in the traditional leaf bracelets and black paint made from coconut oil so that we looked and performed as the “Fijian Bati” (warriors).
It was a perfect end to project as so many of the villagers came to watch us perform and absolutely loved the mekes, screaming and laughing along with us. After the Mekes the team headed to the hall for a final Hop-Hop and Kava session, and they were treated to a fantastic send off.
It was an emotional goodbye for the team and Nasau villagers as we loaded onto the trucks and headed across the island road to the ferry, as the team had immersed into their new home and local community and made life long friends and families. Im sure many of the team will hope to set foot on Koro again one day soon! A huge vinaka vaka levu to Nasau village from the Think Pacific family….sota tale!