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Lawyer Mum Pays Tribute To Late Mother

Lawyer Mum Pays Tribute To Late Mother
Lydia Eliana Lazel-Racule with her son Thomas in front of their house which was destroyed by fire at Wainibokasi in January last year.
August 11
10:00 2018


One and half years ago, a grief-stricken Lydia Eliana Lazel-Racule became homeless after her two-bedroom house was completely razed to the ground in a midday fire.

Testament to whatever challenges that one may go through in life, it is never too late to start afresh.

Mrs Racule is proof to this statement after she was admitted to the bar on Thursday alongside 37 of her fellow law graduates.

Overcome with joy, a tearful Mrs Racule said she clearly recalled her late mother, who passed away shortly before the house fire.

“It was her dream for me to reach this far and I remember her on this day,” she said.

“I must thank her because in 2015, I went as an exchange student to New Zealand and my husband, who is in the Army, was also away overseas, and it was my mother who took care of our eight-year-old son. I do appreciate that.”

Mrs Racule dedicated her success to the Lord and acknowledged her husband, Corporal Tomasi Racule, for his unwavering support during the dark times that her family went through.

“There were so many ups and down, and difficulties in trying to obtain this degree and I would like to thank my husband and son, Thomas Ranamu Racule Junior, who have continuously supported me. I know that without them I would not reach this far.”

She shared that losing all her belongings in the fire affected her mentally.

“With words of encouragement from my husband we soldiered through. I had to go to Vanuatu for my studies with whatever little that people donated to me,” she said.

Fortunately for the Racule family, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces stepped in to assist them by providing them accommodation at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks, which she also is grateful for.

“I also thank the Government for sponsoring my education and I know that without their backing I would not have completed my studies, and with their support I was allowed to achieve my dream,” she said.

“I was sponsored under the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme from start to finish, and they also allowed me to go to Vanuatu under the scholarship.”

Moving forward, Mrs Racule plans to join the Legal Aid Commission and give back to the community and Government.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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