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Ironfish Incentive Group Helps Make Dreams Come True For Fijian Villages

April 8, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Print Print Email Email

SAn incentive trip to Fiji for the high performers of one of Australia’s leading property investment companies, Ironfish, ended up being more than just a fun and relaxing holiday after the group visited remote Fijian villages on the Sigatoka River Safari and were so touched by the kindness of the Fijian culture, they donated AUD$2500 to each village to aid them in completing one of their major projects.

Ironfish took 95 employees to Fiji and as part of their incentive trip the group experienced the Sigatoka River Safari. The safari, which can be tailored to suit the needs of incentive and conference groups, offers visitors a half-day adventure into the heart and soul of Fiji and passengers travel along the Sigatoka River aboard custom-built safari jet boats and visit an authentic Fijian village, experiencing a day in the life of the real ‘kaiviti’ (Fijian).

According to Bree Morris, Business Manager at Ironfish they really wanted to experience true Fijian culture and the Sigatoka River Safari was the perfect way to do that, with the Safari enabling them to visit two remote Fijian villages.

“ Visiting Fiji for Ironfish was not just about the opportunity to reward some of our high performing team members by whisking them away to a picturesque location, it was also about immersing ourselves in and experiencing the Fijian culture which we were able to do on the Sigatoka River Safari.  One of the things that struck our organisation was the friendly and welcoming nature of the Fijian people, particularly those who go without many of the things that we are lucky enough to take for granted each and every day.” Explains Bree.

This led Ironfish to donate AUD$2500 to each of the villages they visited; Mavua village and Tubairata village, both are using their funds to finish renovations on their beloved village churches.

IronFish Presenting Cheque to Tubairata village

“We took the opportunity to give something back to the villages we visited, who so openly welcomed us into their homes and their culture and assist them in adding to their village infrastructure so they can continue to raise their families without some of the pressures that money can add. We hope that our gift has assisted the villages in growing their resources as well as preserving the richness of their beautiful culture.” Says Bree.

According to Jay Whyte, Sigatoka River Safari, founder and CEO “Our guests are often quite very moved after visiting the Fijian villages on the tour and Ironfish’s generous donation means so much to the Fijian people as that amount of money can really go a long way for the village.”

Sigatoka River Safari offers a range of options for Conference and Incentive groups including a private safari tour tailored to suit the groups various needs or a Team Building Adventure where groups visit four destinations in the Sigatoka Valley and carry out a challenge for points at each stop.

“We offer large groups a unique tour which is all dependent on what the group is seeking to experience. With all groups they have different goals, some are to give back to the community in some way, some are team building exercises, however at their core is the yearning to spend time with the people of Fiji in particular the people of the interior.” Says Mr Whyte.

The Sigatoka River Safari operates Monday to Saturday with tours departing at 8.30am and 1.00pm. Group bookings are available and all prices include lunch, transfers from Coral Coast, Nadi and Denarau resorts (unless self-drive), 4.5hr Safari Tour, 10% shopping discount at Fiji Market & Tappoos, 10% OFF selected meals at Koko’s Bar, Korotogo, Fiji, and complimentary Safari Sulus (sarong) for all women.

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