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Special Gifts For Inmates’ Children

It was a Christmas day with a difference for about 100 children whose fathers are behind bars at the Suva Corrections Centre when they were each given a gift pack
27 Dec 2016 11:00
Special Gifts For Inmates’ Children
Members of the Rody Hill Uniting Church (Fijian) Congregation, Sydney, Australia with the gifts they handed over yesterday to the Fiji Corrections Service for the inmates' children. Photo: LOSALINI BOLATAGICI

It was a Christmas day with a difference for about 100 children whose fathers are behind bars at the Suva Corrections Centre when they were each given a gift pack by the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS).

The gifts were delivered yesterday to the facility by a group of Fijians living in Australia as part of their charity work in giving back to the community.

The Rody Hill Uniting Church (Fijian) Congregation of Sydney had this organised and brought over to Fiji.

Adi Litia Rarawa, whose husband Isimeli is the chairman of the church said they were privileged to be given to the opportunity to give gifts out to the children especially when they are not able to spend Christmas with their children.

She said the idea to make these children feel special came from a member of the congregation who is an ex-offender.

“He shared how it had touched him when he found out that his children had received gifts from a particular organisation while he was in prison,” Mrs Rarawa said.

Mrs Rarawa was grateful to FCS for facilitating their requests for names and for allowing them to help out.

“We worked from the list given, each member of the congregation was given a name each of a person to prepare gifts for them and we had them shipped across to Fiji.”

She said they remain hopeful that FCS would allow them to do the same next year as they hope to have this as an annual event.

With the help of the FCS chaplain, Reverend Josefa Tikonatabua, the gifts were distributed yesterday to the families who turned up to spend Christmas with their loved ones who are being incarcerated.

Reverend Tikonatabua has also extended FCS’s heartfelt gratitude to BSP Life for their monetary donation to FCS to assist inmates’ children.

A cheque of $1000 was received by Reverend Tikonatabua on behalf of the Commissioner of Corrections, Commander Francis Kean.

Source: Fiji Corrections Service

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