Bay Harbour: July 17, 2019

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PAGE 24 Wednesday July 17 2019

BAY HARBOUR

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The gift of travel

AND THE GREATER GIFT

OF GIVING BACK...

Recently House of Travel Owner Operators

from across the country congregated on the

Coral Coast of Fiji for their annual partnership

weekend which involved the usual schedule of

conference rooms, strategy, hosted dinners and

team building.

However, what was different about this conference is that

on the last day all attendees and partners were taken to a

local school on the Coral Coast to ‘lend a helping hand’ to

a primary school that apparently received little government

funding. Little did we know what was in store – as we drove

for about an hour via narrow winding roads through deep

forestation we appeared at a humble building block located

on a stunning coastal setting. We were split into teams of 4-5

and the three hour working bee began!

All teams had a local tradesman giving guidance and we were

delegated a range of tasks from sanding and preparation for

painting, painting interior walls and exterior walls, assembling

of new computer work stations/desks, building bookcases,

building new outdoor seating and sanding and painting the

outdoor seating.

As we worked away at our tasks in the warm sun in our

allocated teams, it’s fair to say it was the most rewarding

team building activity I’ve ever taken part in – let’s just say

communication was critical as we worked with the local bendy

nails and particularly for the teams building bookcases which

included us as we realised we had all nailed the backing on

the wrong side of the bookcase. Nevertheless we overcame

the challenges and got the jobs done!

Another team had assembled all the carefully curated

gifts requested including stationery supplies and toys and

divided them up into backpacks House of Travel provided.

We were then given the task of handing these out to the

gleeful school children who had lined up to meet with us.

My husband watched a young child taking the goodies out

of the bag, face beaming with the pure joy of brand new

pencils. As we departed the school that afternoon with that

weary yet exhilarated feeling, I have to say emotions were

running high as I thought of the simple joy a new pencil can

bring to a school child and how the joy of travel is amplified

and enhanced by authentically giving back.

So proud and honoured to work for an organisation that has

these values. Mel Hubber

“ TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY EVEN BETTER”

BETTER TOGETHER

987 FERRY ROAD, FERRYMEAD VILLAGE I 376 4022 I FERRYMEAD@HOT.CO.NZ

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