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Dinner In Dark Shows Reality

Lautoka’s Girmit Centre was abuzz last Saturday as men, women and children flocked in with a sea of colors to support the visually impaired citizens of Fiji. The ‘Dinner in
24 Nov 2014 09:45
Dinner In Dark Shows Reality
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (middle), helped by friends at the United Blind Persons of Fiji fundraising dinner event in Lautoka last Saturday. Photo: Sheik Dean

Lautoka’s Girmit Centre was abuzz last Saturday as men, women and children flocked in with a sea of colors to support the visually impaired citizens of Fiji.

The ‘Dinner in the Dark’ event was themed ‘A Journey of Tastes, Enhancing Your World of Senses’ gave able citizens a taste of the difficulties faced by people who are blind.

“It should give us, the able bodied an insight as how our disabled brothers and sisters, especially those who cannot see go through their lives each day,” the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, said.

This is the second event organised by the United Blind Persons of Fiji with the objective to raise funds to get assistive devices for the visually impaired.

“We support the Mission of United Blind Persons of Fiji to advocate on behalf of blind and vision impairment persons in Fiji and to identify, inform, counsel and refer such persons and their families for appropriate services,” the minister said.

Ms Akbar believes that there should be more community awareness.

“There should be more focus and community awareness to the people on such issues especially on what to do when there is a sudden incident as such. We should target communities in the rural areas and maritime areas,” she said.

During the dinner fund drive, able citizens were eating blindfolded but were also helped by friends.

Meanwhile, United Blind Persons of Fiji board member, Krishneel Sharma, thanked the participants and the Government for the support.

Mr Sharma, a graduate from the Fiji National University with Higher Education Diploma in Management, is urging Fijians to see their abilities and not their disability.

Feedback: sheik.dean@fijisun.com.fj

 

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