The Foundation is committed to projects which are engaged with a wide variety of community groups and activities that benefit those recipients that fit within the objects of the Foundation.
The Rotuma Golf Tournament has become an annual event held on the first Saturday in October. Unfortunately with the challenges of Covid-19 we have had to postpone the annual tournament until October 2022.
The tournament draws a large number of participants and a number of sponsors whose contributions are gratefully acknowledged.
Some members of the community in Rotuma:
Ruth & Torika
Ruth (21yrs) and Torika (her mother – 46yrs) who are the only members in their family. Ruth is mute though not fully deaf and is 100% dependent on her mother for everything for mobility, sanitation, eating, dressing etc.
They live in a small very basic house with inappropriate and unsuitable amenities. Torika on a daily basis has to provide for their food and all catering and other household requirements. Ruth’s mobility is restricted as the village does not have proper pavements and moving around the vilage is very bumpy on the wheelchair, let alone from village to village or the hospital which is about 7km away.
Semisi (58yrs) and his mother (83yrs old) are only members in the family in their house on Rotuma. Semisi is physically handicapped and cannot do proper farm work or heavy duty work. He is totally responsible for both their welfare including all household matters from washing, cooking to cleaning inside and outside.
Semisi’s father passed away recently he was 84yrs and was bed-ridden for almost a year. Semisi then had to also look after the three of them. Whilst the burden is slightly lighter now, the challenges are for ever increasing for they are not getting any younger.
These two stories highlight issues and challenges facing some members of the community in Rotuma. They are only two examples of the growing social problems being faced and which the government with its limited resources find difficult reaching out to. Many families have disabled, aged or infirm people as family members also a number of families have a lack of able bodied persons to cater for their normal everyday requirements.