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Parents’ Struggles For Son Pay Off

Parents’ Struggles For Son Pay Off
Esala Vakamacawai with mother Ana Emaema (left) and wife Taina Vakamacawai after the graduation ceremony on May 8, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua
May 09
11:05 2018

Watching his parents’ struggles drove Esala Vakamacawai to what he is today.

So much so that Mr Vakamacawai gradu­ated with a Master of Medicine degree in Surgery at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Con­vention Centre in Lami yesterday.

He said his journey to success was a long one.

Mr Vakamacawai was brought up in Qauia, Lami, and he said that most of his peers and friends all went to prison, but he continued struggling to become someone in life.

He said there were five of them and his fa­ther had used up all his Fiji National Provi­dent Fund to put him and his siblings to school.

“My father was the only one working that time as a mechanic and earning about $20 a week,” Mr Vakamacawai said.

“He used up all of his FNPF money to put us to school.”

Currently, Mr Vakamacawai works at the Christchurch Public Hospital on a year’s contract, but he might extend it to two years doing general surgeries.

The former Marist High School student hails from Galoa in Kadavu.

His father died in 2009.

“I hoped that he could be here, he would have been proud,” Mr Vakamacawai said.

He acknowledged his parents for their fi­nancial support and his wife for standing by him.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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