FAR from idling away the October school holidays, Guyra’s Sam Skipper spent his time in the service of others, helping out at St Christopher’s Orphanage in Fiji.
Sam, from Ollera Station, was one of 16 Year 8 students from The Armidale School who continued a long relationship of service work at the home for disadvantaged children, in Suva.
“We painted the outside of the church at the Orphanage and built a fence,” he said.
“In our spare time we got to know the kids who live there, who we were buddied up with.
“It’s important to the Sisters at the Orphanage because we can do things that they can’t while they are looking after the children.”
But while he gave of himself, he also came away with something. “I got out of the trip how lucky we are in this safe country, and for people in Fiji life is harder than for us,” he said.
“But they are happy and don’t complain even though they have less than we do.”
Students from The Armidale School, NEGS and PLC have been helping Sisters at the Orphanage for over a decade.