Readers raise $12,000 to help kids in Solomons Islands (Article from

On December 19, 2008 by admin

YOU’VE done it.

hoop dreams come true :-)

hoop dreams come true :-)

Thanks to the generosity of readers, the kids from our adopted village in the Solomon Islands are about to have a Christmas they will never forget.

The team from our partner charity, Little and LOUD, are leaving today for Fote Village laden with gifts after your donations successfully passed the $10,000 target in our crowdfunding project.

Over the six-week journey we have watched the total rise and rise adding to the tally of goodies in our basket.

Along the way have come heartfelt messages of support including from a tiny outback school whose children know what it’s like to live in a remote community.
While most of you gave between $10 and $20, it was the campaign’s single biggest donation of $1000 this week that allowed us to achieve our final goal of renovating the broken-down village school.

With the total standing at $12,853.21, Christmas for the kids will also include sporting goods like footballs and skipping ropes as well as a special movie night celebration under the stars.

Little and LOUD’s communications director Michelle Roldan, 25, said they were excited to have reached the final goal after seeing first-hand the harsh conditions and lack of opportunities we take for granted in Australia.
“It’s going to be pretty uplifting for the community there,” Ms Roldan said. “The fact that Australia is being so generous and showing such compassion means so much to them.”

The team is flying courtesy of SkyAirWorld and will spend Christmas and New Year working with the children and organising the school renovation. editor David Higgins thanked readers for showing such generous Christmas spirit in the face of uncertain economic times.

“It’s fantastic at Christmas to be able to make a difference helping out like this,” Mr Higgins said.

“The success of this project shows how we can use the community of the web to really change lives.”

Donations can be made through Little and LOUD’s secure PayPal account using the button on’s Adopt a Village interactive above or through our special section here.

You can also transfer money to their Westpac account in the name “Little and Loud International Incorporation”, account number 202754 and BSB: 032-040.

By Will Temple, staff writer


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