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Wheelchair Mum’s Sacrifice Pays Off

A widow and disabled mother’s sacrifice of sending her children to school paid off yesterday. Taina Shaw, 54, could not be happier after her second youngest son, Ben Naqelevuki, 23,
25 Apr 2015 11:03
Wheelchair Mum’s Sacrifice Pays Off
Ben Naqelevuki (middle), with his mother Taina Shaw (right), and sister Margaret Shaw after the Fiji National University graduation at the Vodafone Arena yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

A widow and disabled mother’s sacrifice of sending her children to school paid off yesterday.

Taina Shaw, 54, could not be happier after her second youngest son, Ben Naqelevuki, 23, graduated with a Trade Diploma in Civil Engineering during the Fiji National University (FNU) graduation at the Vodafone Arena, Suva, yesterday.

Mrs Shaw has been a widow for the past four years. She is suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and has been on wheelchair for 10 years.

She sells roti parcels at Lami Town every afternoon to aid her children’s education.

“I am a proud mother today. It was hard sending my children to school, but I’m glad that my son has achieved something,” said an emotional Mrs Shaw.

“I could now say that the sacrifices I have been making are slowly paying off. I could only wish his father is around to witness this day.”

Mr Naqelevuki thanked her mother for supporting him during the last two years.

He said his mother, although sick, was his greatest source of inspiration.

More than 900 students graduated  yesterday.

Feedback:  aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 




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