About 50 years ago, a young Australian man, started his Bachelor of Divinity Degree with the Pacific Theological College.
In fact, the year was 1973 and the man was Reverend William Bills Edwards. His wife, only known to us as Mrs Edwards, who studied nursing in Fiji while her husband pursued his degree, joined her husband in eternal rest recently.
In her will, Mrs Edwards bequeathed PTC a sizeable sum of money, to the tune of about FJD 44,000.
The Edwards children informed PTC of the will and arranged for the transfer of the money to the College in 2021.
This donation enabled the College to purchase a van to support its activities and operations.
The College has been without one ever since the engine of the old, reliable, white minivan of several decades broke down.
The purchase of a new van was approved by the PTC Executive in 2018, but the College held back on buying one until money could be spared.
Principal Rev. Professor Dr Upolu Vaai said the donation is a gift of love that has come at the most opportune time in meeting the needs of the College.
The new minivan was accorded the traditional ritual of welcome ‘Cere’ and dedicated to the Lord with prayers at a community gathering this morning, marking the beginning of a new academic year.