Help From The Hot Bread Kitchen

Whilst we were in Suva organising the first shipment of supplies, we were also doing our best to contact companies who might be interested in donating to our campaign or supporting the cause. One of the companies we contacted was The Hot Bread Kitchen, a very popular bakery in Fiji.

The Hot Bread Kitchen has ties to Adi Maopa Primary School as that is where it’s founder Mere Samisoni went to school. Joseff posted something on their Facebook page and they replied asking us to email, but when we did, it was apparent that their charitable work was organised well in advance, so we would be applying for help by the end of the year, rather than help with our campaign or during the time we were going to be on Vanua Balavu.

Fortunately, Sekope, who is the brother of the Head Teacher of the Primary School and who was helping us in Suva, had worked with the company previously, when they helped the school by sponsoring three students to go to the Coca-Cola Games, a sporting event, in Suva. So we were able to drive to their offices to speak to them directly. We met Mere’s daughter, Selina Samisoni, who is the Director of the Sales & Marketing Team, and granddaughter, Hanisi Hodge, who works on the Media for the Sales & Marketing Team.

At first, they began explaining that their charity work was organised well in advance and that they were already planning on sending flip-flops to the island next month. We mentioned that we would be around and that we would be able to photograph their donations, allowing them to use the content for marketing, for free. This meant that they were willing to spend their marketing money on extra supplies for the school. So we began arranging a shipment of supplies for both Adi Maopa Primary and Secondary schools, out-with our own fundraising campaign, which would arrive with the flip-flops some time in May.

We created lists, working with the Head Teachers of both schools, of what stationary supplies they needed. We sent the lists to Selina and Hanisi, and were delighted when they informed us that they would be supplying everything on the lists. 

The Primary School received:

  • 5 bottles of clear glue
  • 100 folders with 100 plastic fasteners
  • 150 ball pens
  • 150 pencils
  • 150 sharpeners
  • 20 wooden rulers
  • 50 rubbers
  • 1 roll of brown paper
  • 1 roll of newsprint
  • 11 ring binder files
  • 5 packs of wooden ice block sticks
  • paint brushes for art & craft
  • paint sets for art & craft
  • 5 hole punchers 
  • 300 A5 exercise books
  • 300 A4 exercise books

The Secondary School received:

  • A4 photocopying papers
  • A3 photocopying papers
  • A4 rules foolscaps
  • 5 packets of white board makers
  • 1 roll of newsprint
  • coloured card
  • photocopier toner
  • printer toner
  • 20 staplers
  • 20 packets of staple pins
  • 20 hole punchers
  • 40 packets of thumb tacks
  • 5 packs of permanent markers
  • 15 rolls of cellotape
  • 50 folders with 50 plastic fasteners
  • 20 bottles of clear glue
  • 3 rubber stamp pads
  • 6 bottles of rubber stamp ink
  • 15 paper cutting scissors
  • 50 envelopes
  • 1 roll of cellophane
  • 30 minute books

They also supplied a pair of flip-flops and a bible for every student.

Hanisi and two other Hot Bread employees came to the island at the end of May for the handover event. The schools’ Mother’s Group worked with the visitors to separate the supplies into bulk supplies for the school offices and into small packs for each child, each pack contained a pair of flip-flops and a bible and stationary for the primary school students, consisting of the pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers, sharpeners and exercise books. 

The Mother's Group Helping

The Mother’s Group Helping

The day was a great occasion which contained many Fijian traditions such as Meke dancing and placing wreaths around the necks of the honoured guests. The children performed songs and received their individual packs as well as some freshly baked cream buns, a speciality of The Hot Bread Kitchen. Much of the community attended the morning and watched the spectacle. 

Adi Maopa Primary and Secondary School Students

Adi Maopa Primary and Secondary School Students

Event

Event

Hanisi Addressing the Crowd

Hanisi Addressing the Crowd

Presentation of the Sevusevu

Presentation of the Sevusevu

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Giving out the Packs

Giving out the Packs

Wati with her Pack

Wati with her Pack

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Pleased with New Items

Pleased with New Items

Unfortunately I had been ill in hospital for several days prior to the event, I was well enough to attend, but, all photo credits go to Joseff.

We were really pleased that we managed to pull-off getting the supplies and organising the event for the schools. Many thanks to Selina and Hanisi at The Hot Bread Kitchen and Sekope and Manoa for their help in organising everything.

Giving Out the Cream Buns

Giving Out the Cream Buns

Teachers

Teachers

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Enjoying the Cakes

Enjoying the Cakes

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