Canada Bay reaches Fiji

Canada Bay Club is proud of its long-term sponsorship of junior sporting groups, supporting community initiatives and contributing funds to local events. We always strive to make a difference and recently we sponsored an initiative that reached outside the inner west area. We extended a helping hand to Inner West local and Canada Bay Club member, Tegan Anthes. Tegan had been looking at various volunteering opportunities when a friend told Tegan about her experience with Habitat for Humanity, building a home in Nepal. So in 2016, Tegan joined the Habitat for Humanity team for a building project in Fiji.

Working with Habitat for Humanity, Tegan made the trip to Fiji in 2016 with the help of donations and sponsorships from friends, family and the support from Canada Bay Club. She was part of a team that worked on the build from the ground up. Turning this humble family’s home from a single room dwelling with no running water – or solid grounding to protect them from heavy weather – into a house in just one week. Digging holes, nailing beams down and working together, the group transformed the site into a home, with rooms (plural!) and a solid foundation making it secure against the cyclones that had ravaged the area only months before.

On her return, Tegan provided Canada Bay Club with a small insight into her time in Fiji and shared the stories that will stay with her forever.

Tegan’s travels

“I want to express my gratitude to Canada Bay Club for the sponsorship it provided to enable me to take part in a build for Habitat for Humanity,” Tegan says. “It was an experience that I will never forget. There was a great sense of purpose and satisfaction being part of a construction team building a house for someone in need.”

Working together

“Each day we could see the progress and this experience was shared intimately with the family,” Tegan recalls. “The father worked side-by-side with us building his home. The mother prepared meals for us and was so welcoming. And the children were around the site every day, occasionally helping to carry supplies. We constructed some simple wooden toys for them from the off-cuts from the timber.”

An unforgettable encounter

“The experience in Fiji was both rewarding and humbling, to see what a Fijian family have in their life,” reflects Tegan. “Their material possessions are meagre, but they are full of love, fun and happiness. It makes one reflect on our own lives, possessions and what’s important.”

Team effort

Habitat for Humanity wants to create a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The organisation aims to break the poverty cycle by building homes not only to put a roof overhead, but also to provide safety and security to families, offer children a space to study and improve the health and well-being of families in developing countries. Its team focuses on ensuring lasting, sustainable change with a holistic, community-based approach, helping to empower families in their own environment.

Canada Bay Club couldn’t be prouder of contributing to Tegan’s trip and being part of this wonderful movement towards change.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity click here – maybe you could be involved in one of their incredible projects around the globe?

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