The Marist Fathers have a very special connection with the mission district and people at Queen of Martyrs, Wainoni Bay, Solomon Islands. When the first Marist missionaries stepped ashore on the Island in the 1840’s three were martyred and others died shortly afterwards of malaria.
The community is very isolated and poor. Many of the children who attend school are from remote villages in the mountains behind the peaceful coastline. The children live in dormitories as past of their school program and return to their villages for holidays. Their parents see education as the future for their children and as a way of alleviating poverty.
Six seminarians will be riding their bikes in Rome to support this project: Samuela from Fiji, Ben from NZ , Floyd from Bougainville, Gabriel from Cameroon, Steve from Senegal and Jamie from Mexico.
Fr Patelesio Taufa sm from Tonga is the local parish priest at Queen of Martyrs and is strongly committed to the education of children and opening up new dreams and hopes for the community.
The Cycling for Children Appeal 2019 is to upgrade the school buildings, dormitories and kitchen to support the children and their families in their hopes for a future. Your generous support will assist in upgrading these school facilities.