Challenge yourself to go 40 hours these holidays without some of the technologies or electricity you enjoy, and give families in rural Fiji the gift of efficient, reliable, solar lights for evening school work and activities.

What is the Power-Free For Fiji Challenge?
When you sign up for the Power-Free for Fiji Challenge, you commit to going without some form of electricity or technology for a length of time (we recommend 40 hours) and having people sponsor you to do it.

This year, the Power-Free for Fiji Challenge will take place on the 11th – 12th of July, the second weekend of the July holidays.

Your fundraising challenge could be to spend 40 hours going without something you rely on that requires electricity – like your devices, motorised transport, hot water, or the lights in your house.

Whatever you decide to do, make it fun! Let your friends and family know that you are doing it and ask them to sponsor you. You can even encourage them to take part as well. Don’t be afraid to get people outside of school to participate – the more people the better!

Ideas for a Power-Free Challenge:
• No lights
• No motorised vehicles
• No hot water
• No device(s)
• No hot food (unless cooked on a fire!)
• No heating

Every person that raises over $80 will receive a Power-Free For Fiji badge! And the tutor group that raises the most will win a pizza lunch in Term 3.

About the cause
The Power-Free for Fiji Challenge is a fundraiser for The Solar Project, an initiative founded by Year 13 students Hannah Went and Amber Waymouth that aims to provide rural Fijian villages with solar lights.

The need for electricity in rural Fijian communities 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 has a baseline goal of sending 1000 lights to remote villages in Fiji, as by providing these communities with cost efficient, bright, long lasting and environmentally friendly solar lights, we hope to make people in these areas safer and increase their economic potential.

How do I sign up?
You can access the online sign up form here. After you’ve completed the form, you’ll receive an email informing you of the next steps.

You can collect cash donations by using the ‘My Sponsorship’ form that will be sent to you in the email (or you can access it here), and you can collect online donations by setting up your online fundraising page on Givealittle.

Cash donations will be collected on Friday 31st July at St Cuthbert’s.

Can I give to the cause without taking part in the challenge?
Yes of course! You can make a donation on our Givealittle page: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/the-solar-light-project