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Development Impact Worries Chand

Jeshni Chand, a 20-year-old Korotari, Labasa, lass says sustainable development should be everyone’s responsibility. The first year University of the South Pacific Bachelor of Commerce student said this was imperative
03 Aug 2017 11:17
Development Impact Worries Chand
Miss Pinto Industries Jeshni Chand. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Jeshni Chand, a 20-year-old Korotari, Labasa, lass says sustainable development should be everyone’s responsibility.

The first year University of the South Pacific Bachelor of Commerce student said this was imperative as we need to preserve our deteriorating environment.

“There has been so much focus on development, but one should keep in mind the impact it has on the environment,” Ms Chand said.

She quotes that our environment is not ours but borrowed from the future generation. Representing Pinto Industries, she is enthusiastic about entering the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North which commences on August 19.

 

Can you share a little bit about yourself?

Ms Chand: I am originally from Korotari in Labasa. I am the eldest of four children and am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management at the University of the South Pacific.

What was your reaction when you were approached to be a contestant?

Ms Chand: I had always wanted to enter a pageant and the opportunity to be a part of this year’s Miss Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North is an honour.

I am a Labasa girl and with this platform I could highlight on an issue which I feel should be addressed and that is sustainable development.

What was your motivation for entering this year’s carnival?

Ms Chand: My motivation in entering this year’s carnival is to create awareness based on sustainable development in Labasa and also work with the people of the North to protect my town. It is also to achieve one of my lifelong dreams to feature in a carnival and I believe that I am at a point where I am ready to take on the challenge.

What are you looking forward to at the festival?

Ms Chand: First and foremost is to advocate my message to the general public so we could all work together for the betterment of our environment. It takes a collective effort to advocate as a community that encourages sustainable development.

I am also looking forward to getting to know other contestants and the experience that I would be able to draw from.

Who is your greatest inspiration by far? Why?

Ms Chand: My greatest inspiration is my Class Four school teacher the late Mr Jadish Prasad at Shri Guru Nanak Primary School. A teacher who had been very influential in my childhood, he had always taught me good values in life. He also motivated me to accept challenges in life and work hard to achieve whatever I dream to.

What would you like to take away after this year’s festival?

Ms Chand: Confidence! To be able to stand in front of a huge crowd and talk, to walk and speak with confidence and forge friendships with my fellow contestants. I also want to enjoy the whole experience.

 

Favourites:

Quote: “A negative mind will never give you a positive life”.

Food: Chilli chicken, Pizza

Song: Depends on my mood but mostly I prefer slow songs.

Movie: Horror and Adventure movies.

Guilty pleasure: Video games and food.


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