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Selwyn College Chapel Appeal tops fifty thousand
May 1, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The launch of the Selwyn College Chapel Appeal in Honiara last Saturday raised more than $52 000 within five hours.

Hundreds of former students of Pawa, Pamua, Najilagu, and Maravovo, as well as parents, supporters and friends turned out in huge numbers to return the favour once given to them by the College.

In launching the appeal, Sir Ellison Pogo, Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia, reiterated the committee’s call to assist in raising enough funds to furnish the chapel properly with pews and other items that would make it a chapel everyone can be proud of.

“I can only say that I hope the glories of the school in the times to come will be at least as good as the bad times of the past few years have been bad.

“The school, without a chapel, has been ‘baptized by fire’”, he said.

He added that when the chapel was completed both inside and out, the College would have its ‘heart’ in the right place to fulfil the dream that the church had always had for it – as well as Bishop Selwyn’s own vision that “true religion, sound learning and useful industry will forever flourish”.

Sharing the same sentiments, College Chaplain Fr. Davidson Nwaeramo said as a spiritual caregiver to the school he was saddened to see that the prime facility of any church school was missing. “The chapel is the spiritual centre where all spiritual activities are conducted.

“It is my fervent prayer and hope that a balance development of Bishop Selwyn’s vision will soon allow students enjoy a complete learning environment”, he said.

The launch last Saturday at St Nicholas High School paves the way for more appeals by the committee to meet the target amount of $150 000.

This money will be used to purchase timber required to complete the ceiling, window sills and pews currently being manufactured by a local joinery in Honiara.

The committee thanked all those who had so generously supported the appeal.