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Nasilasila Wins Top Male Volunteer Award

‘There is nothing more fulfilling than putting a smile on someone’s face during their darkest hour’ Being a physically disabled person has never prevented university student Jone Nasilasila from reaching
30 May 2017 11:00
Nasilasila Wins Top Male Volunteer Award
Jone Nasilasila (right) receiving his award. Photo: Josaia Ralago

‘There is nothing more fulfilling than putting a smile on someone’s face during their darkest hour’

Being a physically disabled person has never prevented university student Jone Nasilasila from reaching out to members of the community in need.

Second year volunteer, 25-year-old Jay, as he is known to his friends, utilises his skills and knowledge from his Information Technology studies at the Fiji National University at the Labasa branch of the Fiji Red Cross.

Jay was named the 2017 Most Outstanding Male Volunteer during their branch’s first-ever awards night on Saturday.

Mr Nasilasila said it was important to be grateful for what you have and to always lend a helping hand to those that need it.

“Helping people has always been my passion.

“There is nothing more fulfilling than putting a smile on someone’s during their darkest hours,” he said.

The Mali Islander in Macuata had overcome a lot of challenges when growing up and according to him, it was these challenges that helped develop him to be the person he has become.

“I used to travel daily from Mali Island to All Saints Secondary School during my high school days. I was the only young person with a disability at school at the time,” Mr Nasilasila said.

The young activist who is also the FNU Labasa Students Association president is also a member of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender organisation in Labasa dubbed the House of Colours.

“I thought that I only wanted to be a transgender activist, later I realised that there were other areas that needed my help that I can fit in and contribute,” he said.

This young, vibrant and charismatic youth says he will continue to be of help when needed.

Mr Nasilasila who is an IT person for the organisation said that while he could not always travel to the field, he offered his help through this.

“We should help whenever we can,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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