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7 inspiring children honoured by President

By SALASEINI TAWAKE Getting children the best education is a fulfilment that every parent dream of accomplishing. This has not been so for some families because sacrifices had to be
01 Dec 2012 11:31

Fiji Children’s Award recepient Siga Mekemeke (right), with the trophy presented to him yesterday by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Photo: RONALD KUMARFiji Children’s Award recepient Siga Mekemeke (right), with the trophy presented to him yesterday by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Photo: RONALD KUMARFiji Children’s Award recepient Siga Mekemeke (right), with the trophy presented to him yesterday by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By SALASEINI TAWAKE

Getting children the best education is a fulfilment that every parent dream of accomplishing.
This has not been so for some families because sacrifices had to be made for the sake of others.
For Ulamila Wati Dutt of Gospel High School, she had to sacrifice her school time to look after her bed-ridden father who suffered a stroke, and her mother who has cancer.
However, all her sacrifice, love and care for her parents was recognised yesterday at Government House.
She, and six other children, were give special awards by Vision Fiji, which were presented by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
With tears in her eyes, the 17-year-old student told the Fiji Sun her parents have always been her priority.
“My message would be my family always comes first,” Ulamila said.
Ulamila had to miss school to look after her parents and her younger sister who attends DAV Girls College.
Another recipient, Waisea Volavola, was acknowledged for his bravery in saving two children from a fire incident in September.
Despite his heroic efforts, he says he still regrets not being able to save the third child who was trapped in the burning home.
He did not know who had nominated him, but he thanked them anyway.
“I had to miss our prizegiving day at Swami Vivekanandan College because I had to come to the awards,” Waisea said.
The beaming lad, who hails from Naitasiri, was honoured and glad to be awarded.
“I am happy that I met and shook hands with the President,” he said.
Leaving all else aside, Selina Boila of Tamavua village has had to balance school with selling flowers to earn money for their living.
The 15-year-old Latter Day Saints Church College student who lives with her father has had to fend for the two of them for the past year.
Kartik Chand of Tavua College was awarded for raising awareness and community outreach for Fiji Red CrossSociety this year. He is the youngest executive member for Red Cross.
Mere Ramarasi, 9, of Saint Augustine Public School in Labasa was awarded for being an exemplary leader; for helping her friends and teachers.
Siga Mekemeke, 10, of Indira Gandhi Memorial Primary School was awarded for her honesty after she found  the wallet of a visiting pastor this year and returned it.
Rinesh Narayan Sharma was awarded for writing religious songs and for being the youngest Sanatan priest. He is well known in his school for his songs.
During the presentation, Ratu Epeli highlighted the increase in the number of infants who have died simply because of parental negligence. He told guests at the awards parents need to show more responsibility to avoid these unfortunate mishaps.
“As long as I am president, the children of Fiji will always have a special place here at Government House,” the President said.
“There is a need to raise children to become better citizens. There is a need to nurture our children well because we need them. To inculcate values in children at a very young age.
“Today Vision Fiji has shifted it to acknowledging children’s efforts to society and the nation at large.”
Highlighting one of Government’s initiatives, the President said: “One of the initiatives of Government is to protect the rights of children. The latest developments include the children’s welfare decree of 2010, crimes decree of 2009 and domestic violence decree of 2009.”
He told the children yesterday that everyone here saluted them, for they were extraordinary and had gone out of their way to do things.
In 1994, Vision Fiji conceived the idea of a national award for children, to raise the visibility of children, to celebrate their achievements, and to promote national pride.
Vision Fiji has carried out a number of projects, in the areas of education, environment, health and nutrition, and the media.
The sponsors were duly acknowledged at the awards yesterday.




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