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Children’s Hospital Parents Praise Presidential Visit

Parents were pleasantly surprised yesterday with the visit of President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital Children’s Ward. He brought bags of goodies. The
04 Dec 2016 11:00
Children’s Hospital Parents Praise Presidential Visit
Steven Ledbeter 14 receives Christmas Gift pack prepared by International School Students from President Major General (Retired), Jioji Konrote at Colonial War Memorial Hospital yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Parents were pleasantly surprised yesterday with the visit of President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital Children’s Ward.

He brought bags of goodies.

The President handed over the goodies to children and asked them about their health and shook hands with them.

This has been an initiative of the International School Suva (ISS), which has been going for the past 10 years.

The ISS students sang Christmas carols with the President, after handing over the gift bags to the children.

He also wished them Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

About 60 children admitted at the CWM Hospital in Suva received a bag of goodies each.

Parent Kaliopate Tavola said: “I am so happy to see that the President is visiting the children’s ward and giving them gifts.

“This is the first Christmas gift for my three-year-old daughter Sera Seinituvate.”

Anaseini Buirokovasu, 24, said: “I am so thankful to our President and ISS for this small Christmas gift for my one-month-old baby girl.

“This is the very first Christmas gift for my daughter and I am so happy.

“I will never forget this moment that my one-month-old daughter received her first Christmas gift from our President.”

Another parent Karishma Prasad said: “I am so happy the President has come to visit the children and their parents.

“I never expected something like this would happen and this would be one for the best experiences to remember.

“I am so happy and thankful to our President and ISS for the bag of gift for my 10-month-old daughter.”

14-year-old Steven Ledbetter who has been admitted at the CWM Hospital since Thursday afternoon said he was happy to meet the President for the second time and also to receive a gift from him.

ISS Primary Office Manager Lorna Evening-Rafoi said: “This is something we have been doing  for the past 10 years.

“I am so happy that the President is here to give the goodies to the children.

“I would like to thank all our sponsors for supporting us with this initiative.”

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