Since moving to Griffith, the Kata family have experienced the kindness and generosity of the people here and are giving back in any way they can.
From Tonga, they originally moved to Griffith in 1994 after Tuimotuliki said he had “a feeling in my heart this is the place the Lord wants us to be” – and his premonition proved true.
The Kata family are now pillars of the community and leaders for their neighborhoods.
Tuimotuliki is Christ for Our Nation Church’s pastor in Griffith, Sela is heavily involved in raising a sense of belonging, and their family will be performing for the upcoming multicultural festival.
In addition to the heavy involvement in the Griffith community, the Kata family consistently send help overseas to islands in Tonga, with the help of Griffith farmers, businesses and residents.
“It is so heartwarming and we are eternally grateful for the support they have given us,” Sela said.
“When they found out what we were doing, they all came together and gave us what they could whether it be furniture or bedding, televisions or anything they weren’t using, they gave us.”
Even the support from their neighbours is valued, who all chip in to help in any way they can.
We would really just like to extend our thanks to the Griffith, especially the farmers, for what the give and how they help us.Sela Kata
“It’s a beautiful thing, they really have the heart to see what we do is very helpful, and it benefits others.”
In Tonga, the Kata family has helped people on the islands of Vava’u, Leimatua, Neiafu and Halaleva with donated essentials.
“It is through Christ for our Nation church, we give the items to them, they are used by the whole community, so everyone benefits.”
Among the donated items are a tractor and two boats, which enables the villages to gather food and sustain their families.
The Kata family have purchased a plantation, which has given massive support to the villages in Vava’u, who the Kata family pay to work the land there.
Always wanting to give back, Sela’s family have bought a block of land next to their house in Griffith with plans to use it as a community gathering place.
“Maybe a hall if we can afford it, but we have a tent and chairs and things like that, it gives the residents a chance to come together and enjoy one another,” Sela said.
The Kata family would like to thank the farmers in the area, especially the Bendolfo family for their recent help in their projects.
“We would really just like to extend our thanks to the Griffith for what the give and how they help us.”
If you would like to donate or help out the family any way you can, call Sela on 0458 080 059.