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One Hundred Years Strong

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, officiated the opening of Fiji’s First Biennial General Assembly of Older Persons, at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Convention Centre, Lami.
14 Dec 2016 14:59
One Hundred Years Strong
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa (right) with centenarian Benina Cirivesi of Senior Citizen’s Home, Samabula at Fiji’s First Biennial General Assembly of Older Persons at Novotel Suva Lami Bay Hotel Convention Centre in Lami yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, officiated the opening of Fiji’s First Biennial General Assembly of Older Persons, at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Convention Centre, Lami.

Centenarian Benina Cirivesi from Gau who was a participant at the event said: “I am really glad and I am happy that such events are being organised specially for us.

“I don’t have any children and today I thank the Lord for all the helping hands and the love I have been getting from people around me.”

Ms Cirivesi stays at the Samabula Senior Citizens Home.

The two-day national consultation will stimulate the awareness and strengthening collaboration as a nation to address development aspects for the aged proportion of our population,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“Fiji’s First Biennial General Assembly of Older Persons creates an ideal and elevated platform for policy makers, partners and older persons themselves, to have a voice in the specific development agenda and its implementation,” she said.

Mrs Vuniwaqa also highlighted some of the achievements of the National Council of Older Persons.

“Aligned to complementing service delivery by existing non-government organisations and charitable trusts for older persons, the NCOP provides grants based on applications for support funding to specific agencies.

“Since 2014 a total of eight agencies had been consistently assisted with this funding with a total of $256,708 utilised accordingly.

“I am impressed and excited with the achievements of the National Council of Older Persons, I am sure that within the next two days, registered agencies under this umbrella body for older persons will increase,” she said.

A total of 12 organisations have been officially registered under the NCPO.

Seventy-six-year-old Rusila Sevudredre, a retired nurse said: “These days there has been vast changes to how children treat their grandparents. In our time we respect them like they are our God’s. But now children even fight with them. It’s really painful and sad.”

“I think our voices will be heard now,” she said.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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