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Monday, March 19, 2007

TARD holds first 2007 meeting to welcome new members

The To'abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) student volunteer group has successfully convened its first meeting for 2007 at the University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus yesterday afternoon.

The primary objective of the meeting was to celebrate several milestones and contributions that TARD has managed to achieve and implement in the rural communities in North Malaita, Solomon Islands since its establishment in late 2005. In addition, the gathering was also used to welcome new and returning TARD students to different tertiary institutions in Fiji.
TARD members discussing a point during the meeting (L-R): Enly Saeni, Wilton Laufiu & Peter Fairamoa

The meeting commenced after 4pm (FJ time) and closed around 7.30pm at the USP Student Association Conference room with an overall attendance of more than fifty members including families, staff, and visitors. The meeting was closed with a relatively heavy refreshment prepared by TARD executive and other families in Suva.
Joyce Konofilia-Maetoloa and Mercy Soemomole-Samani preparing food for the refreshment

Agendas that were discussed during the meeting include reporting of implemented community projects from November 2006 to January 2007; updates of new upcoming projects; and other important matters.

A summary of the major initiatives already implemented by TARD inlcude:
1). Participation in a 2-day North Malaita Leaders Consultative Workshop at Malu'u from Nov 27-28 2006 in partnership with Hon Enele Kwanairara.

2). Coordination of the successful distribution of forty boxes of medical supplies to four community health centres in North Malaita including Fo'ondo, Gwaiau, Bita'ama and Malu'u. The supplies were kindly donated by the Medical Aid Abroad in New Zealand.

3). Coordination of the first ever free-of-charge North Malaita Christmas Games from Dec 20-23 2006 at Malu'u with a record participation of 59 soccer and 18 netball teams. This initiative was funded by the Australian High Commission office in Honiara.

4). Financial support of SBD$350 and active participation in the first ever Malu'u Health Show from Jan 10-12 2007 attracting widespread support and interest from all over the North Malaita region.

5). Several other minor community donations and awareness programs.
Other TARD members at the meeting (L-R): Trevor Maeda, John Buata, George Ganiau, Robert Iromalefo & another new TARD member

The meeting was also attended by a prominent To'abaita leader, Mr Swanson Konofilia and his wife, who are visiting family members in Suva from New Zealand before travelling to the Solomons this coming weekend.

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