We are very happy to announce that the Bula Batiki Youth Games finally got underway despite the initial delay due to heavy rain and flooding.
The tournament was a huge success and wonderful experience for everyone involved with teams participating from each of our four villages in Batiki.
Te Tavodi, the President of the Batiki Youth Council, said that the aims of the tournament were “to realise the full potential of Batiki youths in competitive sports with the objectives of assisting them towards self reliance and services to the community and the nation at large”.
The tournament raised $610 (FJD) for the Batiki Island Children Scholarship Scheme, which is part of our long term plan in order to get children from the community into higher and further education.
A huge congratulations to the girls from Yavu Village who entered a team under the name ‘Bula Batiki’ and were the winners of the Batiki Youth netball tournament, and to the Manuku boys for winning the Rugby 7’s! 🙂
We would just like to say a huge ‘vinaka vakalevu’ and thank you to Te Tavodi for helping us set up such a wonderful tournament. This was the perfect send off for Te, who is sadly leaving Batiki to move to Gau Island with his wife Louisa in the new year for her new teaching job. Ratu Emasi Caucau taking over as Youth President, and we are so excited for all of the opportunities that lie ahead.
A further thank you to Think Pacific for their support for this tournament, to Footsy4All for providing new rugby balls, netballs and volleyballs and to the Fijian Ministry of Youth and Sports for assisting in the running of the event.
Finally a huge thank you to everyone who has bought Bula Batiki Coconut Oil, who without your support we wouldn’t be able to fund tournaments like this.
Ellis and Callum
PS. Our third batch of oil is set to arrive on January 13th!