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Man Begs To Earn Extra Cash For House

Man Begs To Earn Extra Cash For House
Suresh Reddy begging in Labasa Town. Photo: Maraia Vula
June 10
10:56 2015

A 44-year-old man is still begging on the streets of Labasa despite being a social welfare recipient.

But crawling and begging around Labasa Town is a normal routine for Suresh Reddy.

Mr Reddy’s knee joints are weak, which makes him a person living with a disability, but he crawls around, with knee caps strapped on, to do things.

Mr Reddy lives at Soasoa Village, located outside Labasa, and travels to town either on board the 8am bus or catches a carrier at least five days in a week to beg.

He said: “The money $50 cash and $50 food voucher I receive from social welfare is not enough because I have to give money to the people looking after me.

“I beg for money so that I can complete the payments for the construction of my two bedroom wooden house at Soasoa village where I live with my nephew, my sister’s son and his wife.

“The land was given to me by the Soasoa landowner who is very kind. I am disabled and haven’t gotten a formal education and they are the one’s looking after me while my siblings are living in Suva.

“I am not married with no children and all I do is crawl around beg for money at the front or back of New World supermarket, RB Patel arcade or around Labasa town.”

He is seeking assistance from Government to build a proper house.

Fiji Sun has learned that Mr Reddy’s nephew and his wife have just started selling vegetables and root crops at the market.




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