We thank members of the Rotary Club of Nambucca Valley for welcoming Fijian residents to Nambucca Heads recently.
At an afternoon tea, Nambucca Rotarians and friends met with the Fijians to form connections and then buddy up to assist them to integrate into the valley’s community.
The 19 Fijians have recently started work as Care Service Employees for NVC Group, working in Riverside Gardens and Autumn Lodge aged care homes to support local elderly residents. They have been employed through the Australian Government’s Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme, a program designed to address labour shortages in regional areas.
“It is a big decision and sacrifice to leave their home and family to go and work in an overseas country,” Nambucca Valley Rotary Club Secretary Veena Tilly said.
“My fellow Rotarians and I have offered our services as their mentors and friends.
“We hope to catch up with them regularly and answer any questions about our community they might have.
“My husband, Denys, and I have been involved with the Rotary Fiji Schools Project for the last 17 years.
“We coordinate the donation of used IT equipment and then ship it across to Fiji, so it can be used in schools for students who would otherwise have had no access to computers.
“It has been a passion of mine to support Fijian students to gain a better education.”
NVC Group is always seeking to hire passionate carers and NV College, to train them. NVC is now one of the largest employers in the Nambucca Valley. If you know of anyone interested in working as a carer, they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6598 5000 to learn of easy pathways to make it happen.
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