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Graduate Misses Dad

Graduate Misses Dad
Sangam Institute of Technology (SIT) College of Nursing and Health Care Education graduate Anaseini Turagasela with mother Josephine Raikuna after the graduation at Labasa Civic Centre on December 5, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
December 06
10:00 2018

Turagasela lives late father’s dream to become first nurse in the family


Anaseini Turagasela could not hold back her tears during her graduation ceremony yesterday at the Labasa Civic Centre because she misses her late father, Aporosa Turagasela, 51.

The 27-year-old of Sasa Village in Macuata said it was her father’s dream to see her graduate from the Sangam Institute of Technology College of Nursing and Health Care Education and become the first nurse in the family.

“It was during the first year of nursing when my father, while working as an engineer at Fiji Sugar Corporation, passed away due to some health issues,” Ms Turagasela said.

“My life totally changed and seeing my mother, Josephine Raikuna, 48, struggling drained out all my energy to continue studying.

“Being the eldest of six siblings and reminded in church to lead by example motivated me to continue studying and achieve my father’s dream.”

She praised God for his mercy and thank her lecturers for their support.

“I wasn’t able to save my father, but now when I see myself as a nursing graduate I am compelled to help save lives.”

Her mother, who is from Rewa, was also in tears when she hugged and kissed her daughter on the main stage.

“Today I am a very proud mother,” Mrs Turagasela said.

“Anaseini is very special and I thank her for working very hard and being an obedient child.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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