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Macuata-i-wai Lass To Highlight Plight Of Diabetics

An aspiring 19-year-old model from Macuata-i-wai will be advocating on Non-Communicable Diseases and highlighting the plight of diabetics at the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North. “I will be advocating
03 Aug 2017 11:56
Macuata-i-wai Lass To Highlight Plight Of Diabetics
Miss Apco Coatings, Salote Fiona vying for Miss Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North in Labasa on July 31. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH

An aspiring 19-year-old model from Macuata-i-wai will be advocating on Non-Communicable Diseases and highlighting the plight of diabetics at the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North.

“I will be advocating on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and especially on diabetes,” said Miss Apco Coatings contestant Salote Fiona.

The youngest of five siblings plans to become one of the best super models in Fiji.

She is currently assisting her parents with the family business.

 

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

Ms Fiona: I was overwhelmed when I was approached by the festival committee. I always dreamt of being a contestant in this annual event and it is just like a dream come true.

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

Ms Fiona: I am blessed to have a loving and understanding family that always welcomes and accepts my decisions of whatever I wish to pursue in life.

Last year I travelled to the United Kingdom for modelling training and I will be going back this year in December.

Hence, taking part in the most anticipated event in Vanua Levu is an additional boost in my life.

 

What are you looking forward to at the festival?

Ms Fiona: I will be advocating on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and especially on diabetes. I have been told by some nurses that the number of diabetic cases increased over the last five years. So I am looking forward to help people change their mindset as I will raise awareness on reducing NCD cases.

Has it ever crossed your mind while growing up that you would one day be a part of beauty pageant as such?

Ms Fiona: Yes, it has. I have always seen queen contestants over the years during this festival and wished I would be able to stand on the stage before hundreds of people. I am confident that I will make the best use of the platform and make my sponsor proud by winning this festival.

 

Who is your greatest inspiration by far? Why?

Ms Fiona: My parents Ratu Tevita Vulievei and Adi Mere Biu. They are staying at Nailawa in Labasa. They brought me into this world and I thank them for grooming me so well that I can survive in any environment.

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

Ms Fiona: Feedback on my performance from the public, sponsor, families and friends.

This will be something that would mould me to be what I want to be and also what I don’t want to be.

The week-long festival starts August 19.

 

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