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7s Helps Naiteqe Family Heal

  Samurai Barracudas coach Sailosi Naiteqe and his wife Nanise used the #StrongerthanWinston Rugby 7s Fundraising Appeal as an escape for the family after losing their house to Tropical Cyclone
01 Mar 2016 12:38
7s Helps Naiteqe Family Heal
sports--winston 7's rugby--reporter justine--27-02-16 Samurai Barracudas coach Sailosi (left) with his family,daughter Eileen,son Asaeli and wife Nanise Naitege during the Stronger Than Winston Rugby 7's Fund Raising Appeal tournament at Uprising Resort at Pacific Harbour yesterday. pic.....RAMA

 

Samurai Barracudas coach Sailosi Naiteqe and his wife Nanise used the #StrongerthanWinston Rugby 7s Fundraising Appeal as an escape for the family after losing their house to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Their house in Ra was ripped to shreds with nothing remaining but the floor.

Naiteqe said the tournament last Saturday at Uprising Beach Resort was a perfect opportunity for his family to put the painful memories of losing everything they worked hard for in the back of their minds.

“Losing everything, your belongings and house, is not something that anyone would be prepared for and not something that we can forget easily,” Naiteqe said.

“That is why I brought my wife and two kids to the tournament, so that they could at least enjoy themselves and forget about the worries of losing everything, even if it is just for a day, the smiles on their faces mean the world to me.

“What amazes me is how a tournament such as this can bring everyone together to help support a cause and give back to those who are suffering right now.

“Even though we lost everything, we know what it feels like to have nothing and how important help from anyone is, so that is why we are also here supporting this cause.”

Nanise, who is a teacher at Ra High School said rebuilding their lives started from that tournament.

“Personally, I did not want to come with my husband but now I am glad I did because the pain and worry I felt in the last couple of days has gone and I feel much happier being here,” she said.

“I pray to God that my family was not harmed because the day before the cyclone hit, we all came down to Nausori and no one was home.

“Our focus will be rebuilding our lives, and that starts now with taking baby steps to get our lives back to normal.”

Samurai Barracuda lost to Hideaway Hurricanes 12-0 in the Bowl semifinal.

Edited by Osea Bola

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