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Merelesita’s Friends Promise To Keep Her Dream Alive

Merelesita’s Friends Promise To Keep Her Dream Alive
Pacific Flying School Student Pilot Mosese Kotobalavu at Merelesita Lutu's burial on March 9th, 2018. PHOTO: Fonua Talei
March 09
17:50 2018


Merelesita Salau Lutu’s circle of aviation friends have promised to graduate from the Pacific Flying School this year and to keep their flying dream alive.

The promise was conveyed by PFS student Mosese Kotobalavu today in the Centenary Church where he delivered a eulogy for Ms Lutu on behalf of the flying school.

Ms Lutu joined the flying school in April, 2016.

Mr Kotobalavu reminisced about how he met Ms Lutu through a mutual friend and how he was excited that she was joining the school.

“My friends’ presence here today is evidence of our bond within our circle in school,” he said.

“We were more like family since most of our families lived in Suva, all we had that side was each other.”

He told those gathered of how they would all meet up after church on Sunday afternoons  at either the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) compound or at a park where they would bring pot luck each and would play guitar and sing songs while  they watched jets take off from the Nadi International Airport.

He mentioned that Ms Lutu’s dream airline was Air Niugini, adding that her passion for flying first started when she flew from Savusavu to Nausori and interviewed a captain for her form four school project.

“Other than her passion for flying, Salau’s character was even better. She would come every morning to the school and open every classroom and say good morning to every single person, hug them and then she would sit down and her ignition for laughing would start,” an emotional Mr Kotobalavu said.

“She was a laughing machine. If she was laughing in the classroom and you were in Namaka you could tell it was her.”

Speaking of his dear friend Salau, Mr Kotobalavu also reflected on the last dinner she had with three of her friends at a pizzeria in Nadi town on Sunday February 25, 2018 before her last flight the following morning.

“They said it was filled with laughter. They made so much noise at the pizzeria that night.”

He also recalled Ms Lutu’s love for walking and how her friends who would accompany her on her walks home would joke that, “it was like training for the Coca Cola Games.”

“She was a very humble, loving and sharing person. We always moved together in a group and to be honest this girl has really made a stamp in our hearts,” he said.

He thanked the Lutu family for their support and upbringing adding that they would cherish her virtue and spirit of sharing.


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