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Respect Our Elders

Respect Our Elders
Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Alison Burchell with participants from the workshop.
September 19
08:14 2014

It is very important for every individual to respect their elders, says 2014 Telecom Sugar Festival contestant Miss Potent Electric, Elizabeth George.

The TFL Sugar Festival has given her an opportunity to voice her concerns on the neglect of our elderly people.

Miss George, 20, a law student at the University of Fiji, believes that elders must be seen as a pool of knowledge rather than a burden.

Tears filled her eyes when she visited the Golden Age Home in Lautoka on Monday.

“It was an emotional visit; a learning experience listening to their stories and it touched my heart,’’ she said.

“Elders have lived through things that we could hardly imagine. They have achieved everything without the comfort available to today’s generation such as mobile phones and computers,’’ Ms George said.

“It is also important to note that elders were not born old; they were kids just like us. Hence a few years from now you will also grow old.

“The pain elders feel when they are neglected would be felt by us tomorrow if we do not educate our younger generations to respect and never to abandon their elders,” she said.

“If today you respect your elders your present and future generations will carry those values and will learn to respect you as well when you grow old.

“Unfortunately these days some elders are just dumped at old people’s homes,” she said.

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