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Internet comp takes teen far

FIJI POWER: Coleby Dorren participated in the construction of a solar system for a vaccination fridge in a medical centre in Fiji. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
FIJI POWER: Coleby Dorren participated in the construction of a solar system for a vaccination fridge in a medical centre in Fiji. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

KEEN to kick start his career at the young age of 13 Coleby Dorron searched the internet and what he stumbled across may have changed his outlook on life forever.

The now 14-year-old won an all expenses paid trip to Fiji online by submitting a powerpoint presentation outlining the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy systems to run a vaccination fridge.

So the teen who had never travelled outside of his home state packed his bags said good-bye to his family and left Australia with hopes of helping others in Fiji Power 2015.

The competition was run by Expedition Class, and was in its pilot year, asking Year 9 students from across Australia to enter as it was part of the Year 9 science electricity unit in the Australian Curriculum.

Coleby's mother Victoria Dorron said at first she was shocked and a little scared her sons had found something on the internet and had plans to leave Australia alone but after extensive research felt relief.

"I thought it was a scam even though it was a schoolish website," Ms Dorron said.

"I flew with Coleby to Brisbane to meet the people he would be spending the next two weeks with which eased my mind.

"I wouldn't have let him go if i felt uneasy."

FIJI POWER: Coleby Dorren participated in the construction of a solar system for a vaccination fridge in a medical centre in Fiji. Photo: contributed
FIJI POWER: Coleby Dorren participated in the construction of a solar system for a vaccination fridge in a medical centre in Fiji. Photo: contributed contributed

She said Coleby was the most adventurous of her six sons and was always focused at school.

Coleby said he got cold feet just before leaving but realised if he didn't take the opportunity he may not get another chance.

"It definately opened my eyes. I realised Fijian kids don't have the same opportunities as me and am glad we could help," he said.

"I want to volunteer more now."

He said the vaccination fridge on the island was run on gas and himself along with two other teens from Tasmania set the fridge up to run on solar.

"There was three of us and before we set up the solar the fridge needed constant monitoring to keep the temperature right for the vaccines and now it doesn't," Coleby said.

Ms Dorron said although she missed Coleby she was kept up-to-date via a feed on the internet and was glad he took the leap and went, even if it was without her.

The plan for next years Fiji Power 2016 is to come up with a renewable energy solution for the Raviravi vaccination fridge for more information visit: http://www.expeditionclass.com

FIJI POWER: Coleby Dorren participated in the construction of a solar system for a vaccination fridge in a medical centre in Fiji. Photo: contributed
FIJI POWER: Coleby Dorren participated in the construction of a solar system for a vaccination fridge in a medical centre in Fiji. Photo: contributed contributed


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