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Walking For Acceptance

Labasa Corrections Centre hosts second family morning walk The Labasa Corrections Centre conducted its second Yellow Ribbon Programme Family Morning Walk yesterday through Labasa Town. Officers, their families, friends, some
01 Nov 2015 10:30
Walking For Acceptance
Participants of the Labasa Corrections Centre Yellow Ribbon family morning walk pose for a group photo at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Labasa Corrections Centre hosts second family morning walk

The Labasa Corrections Centre conducted its second Yellow Ribbon Programme Family Morning Walk yesterday through Labasa Town.

Officers, their families, friends, some students and some members of the public took part. It started at 7am – from Subrail Park, through town and back.

It was to raise awareness on acceptance of ex-inmates back into society after their release from prison.

Similar walk was held in Suva, Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) public relations officer Kuini Waqasavou, said.

“We thought that while launching YRP across the country, we needed to also carry out awareness programmes so that people understand what the concept is,” she said.

“This is the second time the Family Morning Work has been organised. When ex-offenders are released back to their families and communities, there is always a stigma associated with them.

“They are looked at in a different way and through the Yellow Ribbon, our aim is to change the mindset of people.

“These ex-offenders have served their term and need to be supported and given a second chance.”

Manoa Dawaibalavu, a Year 13 student of All Saints Secondary School, said he felt great to be part of such a worthy cause.

“Although I have to focus on my ongoing national examination, I felt that through supporting the Yellow Ribbon, I can help remove the stigma,” Manoa said.

Repeka Taqanasavu, a Year Four student of Holy Family Primary School, said this was the second time she participated in the morning walk along with her siblings.

“I hope more people in Labasa can sacrifice their time to join us in the walk to tell the people that inmates deserve a second chance,” she said.

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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