Power-Free for Fiji
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July (second weekend of the school holidays).
It’s easy to take our modern way of life for granted. For most of us, the ability to turn on a light at the flick of a switch lost its novelty a long time ago. However, for the 940 million people across the world without access to electricity, this minor act seems almost unreal.
Barely three hours from Auckland in Fiji, the need for electricity has never been greater. Recent events such as the Covid-19 pandemic and recurring tropical cyclones have devastated many communities in Fiji, meaning that people living in rural areas don’t have access to light after the sun sets or are forced to rely on expensive, carcinogenic kerosene lamps. The impact on children is particularly damaging, as their ability to do schoolwork is severely limited by their lack of access to light.
The Solar Project was founded with the aim of providing rural Fijian villages in need with cost efficient, bright, long lasting and environmentally friendly solar lights. We have a baseline goal of sending 1000 lights to remote villages in Fiji and in doing so we hope to make people in these areas safer and increase their economic potential.
To fundraise for our solar lights, we are running the Power-Free for Fiji Challenge in the July school holidays. Participants commit to going without some form of electricity for 40 hours in exchange for people sponsoring them. This could be girls not using their device, no hot water, only using candles as well as many more creative ways of taking part in the challenge. Our fundraising efforts will determine the number of lights we can send to Fiji, and we hope to send as many as possible!
Take part in the challenge by signing up at. https://www.stcuthberts.school.nz/solar-light/