Youth fundraise for Betikama College

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More than $A5,000 was raised at a recent concert at Waitara Seventh-day Adventist Church, the latest of a series of initiatives by the youth to fundraise for an upcoming trip.

The 1.5-hour concert included performances by Men of Hope, Zillah Dragovski and the Waitara Church Ukelele Ensemble. More than 200 people from various churches were in attendance.

“It was a blessing to be part of this concert,” said singer Marleta Fong. “Everyone came away feeling very uplifted. It’s amazing how much talent we have in the Adventist Church.”

Members of Waitara, Men of Hope and several other Adventist Church members are planning to attend a 10-day mission trip to Honiara in Solomon Islands this July.

The aim of the mission is to assist in a building project for Betikama College with the focus on repairing the administration building and six boys’ dormitories. Originally established in 1948 with just 16 students enrolled, the purpose of the school was to spread the gospel in the Solomons. This year, more than 500 students are enrolled at Betikama. It is considered a premier college in Solomon Islands and is renowned for producing many health professionals, teachers and even prime ministers.

Project coordinator Shirley Fatnowna says the total cost of this project is estimated at $A30,000 for the purchase of paint, timber, iron sheets, work equipment and tiles.

“Betikama is a place that is dear to the hearts of our church members, Division wide,” says Carol Boehm, coordinator of Adventist Volunteer Services. “Because of our rich entwined history, I know that this trip is going to be life changing not only for the Betikama students and staff, but for our Australian team as well!”

If you would like to contribute to the project, please email

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