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Helena: The best for my family

Helena Puamau graced the stage with her fellow mates as they were badged yesterday during the Suva Grammar School Prefect Induction. The 17-year-old lost her father on the day of
10 Feb 2017 11:44
Helena: The best for my family
From left:Ema Waqakibau,Esther Talei,Helena Puamau,Elenoa Seru during the Suva Grammar School prefect induction yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Helena Puamau graced the stage with her fellow mates as they were badged yesterday during the Suva Grammar School Prefect Induction.

The 17-year-old lost her father on the day of her Class 8 graduation, five years ago as he had a cardiac arrest.

The Year 13 student was badged as the Deputy Head Captain.

“It was heartbreaking because on my graduation day, I remember going to the hospital where he was admitted.

“He told me that he will come and I was so happy. When my name was called and I looked up, my mum told me that he did not make it.

“I was supposed to be happy about passing my exams but the passing away of my dad changed my whole mood.

“I did not want to go to school after what had happened but I had to be strong, because I wanted to be there for my mum and four other siblings.

“She has been there for us and broken her bag just to put food on the table and so I look up to her,” she said.

It is through the rough years that pushed her to work hard and achieve the best.

As she watched her mother struggle to keep the family together and elder brothers working to help financially, she told herself that she wants to study hard to achieve the best for them.

She is the second youngest out of the five children in her family.

Her mother was very happy for her as she was not able to make it to the prefect induction last year.

“I always remember my father and my mother’s hard work in everything I do,” she said.

Despite getting the same position this year, she is still happy to be entrusted with the role as one of the student leaders in her school.

Mother, Elenoa Seru, said: “As a single parent, it depends on how you look at it. It has been five years now and I had to be strong, because you have to get on with life.”

Her mother is a University of the South Pacific, PhD student studying Psychology while her older sister is studying Bachelors in Science.

She has another sibling in Year 10.

“Helena is a very strong girl and she is strong in the sense that she can stand in her own two feet and independent,” she said.

“For me as a mum, it was important for me to ensure that all of them were emotionally strong and to make sure the environment they were in was stable,” she said.



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