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Minister Assures Senior Citizens

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar yesterday assured senior citizens of the Samabula Senior Citizens Home and those living at State-run residential homes that they would
22 Oct 2014 14:04
Minister Assures Senior Citizens
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (standing third from right), staff and residents of the Golden Age Home during their thanksgiving dinner at the home on December 13, 2019. Photo: Laisa Lui.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar yesterday assured senior citizens of the Samabula Senior Citizens Home and those living at State-run residential homes that they would be well looked after by the ministry.

“We are your family. We care and we are here to worry about your tomorrow,” Ms Akbar told senior citizens at the Samabula home yesterday.
She sent Diwali messages to residents at the home, those at Pearce Home, Saint Vincent De Paul and the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons.

The ministry, with gift hampers from Punja and Sons Limited, organised a pre-Diwali treat for the senior citizens at the My Suva Picnic Park in Nasese yesterday.
“We believe that it is very important we celebrate this festival with the people under the care of our ministry. This is a very small gesture from our part and with the generous partners from the Punja and Sons Limited for the gift hampers to share this festival with you.”

“We believe that we are your family. Today, I want to say that do not feel that you don’t have a family or no one cares for you because we care, the ministry cares and the society cares for you,” Ms Akbar said.
She said the ministry’s vision was to care for the welfare of senior citizens and urge them to keep smiling.

“I need you to smile because I believe that when we smile, half of our problems are gone. The ministry is here to put a smile on your faces so that you don’t live worrying about tomorrow. We are here to look after your tomorrow.”
Paulini Natuna, 54, of the Samabula Senior Citizens Home urges everyone to stay safe and enjoy this Diwali with friends and family.

“This day brings joy to everyone as we enjoy it one way or the other and I request all to be happy and enjoy the day.”

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