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Brave Mother Humbled With Son’s Best Male Cadet Prize

Brave Mother Humbled With Son’s Best Male Cadet Prize
Ratu Kadavulevu School Cadet Passout Parade Best Overall House winners, The Maafu House with their award at Lodoni, Tailevu on June 16, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
June 17
11:00 2017

Her marriage ended tragically through a divorce five years ago. Eseteri Delai was left to provide for her children without support from anyone.

This had been a motivation for the 38-year-old mother to work hard everyday for the sake of her children.

Yesterday was a proud moment for the Lomaiviti woman when she witnessed her son being awarded the Best Male Cadet at the Ratu Kadavulevu School pass out parade.

Ms Delai tried to hold back her tears as she tried to express her feelings.

“I am just humbled and thank God for my son’s achievement,” she said as tears streamed down her face.

Life was a struggle for Ms Delai following her divorce as she tried to accommodate all her children’s needs with whatever she earned.

“I don’t earn much but with all my strength I try to provide for my children’s needs, my salary is just for my children’s expenses and our monthly rent.

“Sometimes we don’t have much to eat and no nice clothes to wear, at some point when there is nothing at home, my children will only have tea for their meals. This breaks my heart,” she said.

With whatever she is currently earning, Ms Delai was able to put three of her children to high school and the other two are still in primary school.

“Every day, I will keep reminding my children that they can change their future for the better only if they work hard in school and devote their lives to the Almighty.

“We will go through the storms as a family, even if I have to fight alone,” she said.

Seeing her children with a brighter future, Ms Delai said is what she aims for.

“I have told my children to always remain humble even if they become successful and to always remember their humble beginnings,” she said.


Ms Delai advised that single mothers should stand up for their children if their family falls apart.

“We mothers are the foundation of our children’s future, it doesn’t matter who has walked out on you or who betrayed you, what matters is that our children aren’t separated from us,” she said.

Her son, 18-year-old, Luke Tamanalevu of Ma’afu dedicated his award to his siblings and mother.

“I will work very hard so that I can become a military officer in the future, to make my mother proud and that her struggles aren’t put to waste.

“It’s the kind of environment I was brought up in that motivates me to work hard, just yesterday ( Thursday) our house was informed that we weren’t going to participate in the cadet pass out, but I kept reminding students in Ma’afu House that we can make it, fortunately we were awarded the best overall,” he said.

Other Awards

Best Barrack-Degei

Best House in Drill-Sukuna

Best Platoon Commander – Veresi

Best Male Cadet-Luke Tamanalevu

Best Compound-Cakau

Batton of Honour- Josua Raivanua

Overall Winner-Maafu

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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