The RKS Old Scholars Association had been dreaming of building a alumni home in the center of Suva since the early 1990’s. The plan was to provide facilities for research, office service and mentoring for current students. The building would feature a central space and appropriate surroundings for socializing, workshops, events, conferences and networking for alumni, colleagues and friends. It would provide incubatio and mail stop services for alumni start-ups, offer short term and long term tenancy for visiting alumni and former teachers (and their families) coming in from all over the world on holiday, business or to visit relatives and friends.
In December 2016, the RKSOSA managed to secure leasing rights to a piece of land at Lot 5 Knollys Street, in central Suva. With this milestone, achieved with the kind assistance of the Fijian Government, through the Department of Lands, tireless work of a number of Executive Committees (past and current), and the prayers of alumni from all over the world, the RKSOSA can finally embark on the largest project of its kind it will ever be involved in todate.
The last large construction project was the Ratu Kadavulevu School Ai Volasiga Chapel that was completed in 2010, twenty years after the foundation stone was laid. Through its business arm, the Lodoni Investment Company Limited, the RKSOSA is taking a different approach this time.
Today marks the beginning of this new journey – to build that home for the RKSOSA, and an event has already been organized, to officially launch the Lodoni House Project design phase this afternoon (Thu 26th Jan 2017), at the Fijian Teachers’ Association Hall at Knollys Street, starting at 5:00 PM and will go through till 6:30 PM. The aim of the launch is to celebrate the achievements so far, and to present to stakeholders, potential partners, alumni, friends, family and current RKS students, parents & teachers, the plans for the RKSOSA home, and to answer questions on the project.
All alumni, friends, the Lodoni community, and the general public are welcome. Refreshments will be provided afterwards, together with the opportunity to ask questions about the RKSOSA, its commercial arm, Lodoni Investment Company Limited, the Lodoni Investment Trust and the sporting arm, the Lodoni Rugby Club.