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Yellow Ribbon:Hundreds In Yellow Walk (And Run) To Support Second Chance

A round 500 participants walked five kilometres to support the Yellow Ribbon walk project in Suva yesterday. The walk started from Albert Park, through Queen Elizabeth Drive, Laucala Bay road
22 Oct 2017 11:00
Yellow Ribbon:Hundreds In Yellow Walk (And  Run) To Support Second Chance
Participants during the Yellow Ribbon walk project on October 21, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau.

A round 500 participants walked five kilometres to support the Yellow Ribbon walk project in Suva yesterday.

The walk started from Albert Park, through Queen Elizabeth Drive, Laucala Bay road and back to Albert Park.

Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) Commissioner, Commander Francis Kean thanked everyone that came out to participate.

“I want to thank the families and also the organisations both in the private and public sectors for this morning walk.

“This is an acknowledgement for those under our care. This is part of their journey on their road to acceptance,” Commander Kean said.

Partnership

For 10 years, Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva has been in partnership with FCS to provide training for inmates.

Hotel general manager and group sales executive, Mere Rakoroi said: “When we started we got ourselves involved with providing cooking training for the male inmates at our hotel.

“Female inmates are provided with cooking training at the women’s correction centre in Korovou.”

Ms Rakoroi said the new project they are now inolved in allow inmates to work as trainees at the hotel.

“What made us take the project was because of Y.P Reddy, chairman of Reddy Group, who was very keen to participate in the Commissioner’s project and signed a memorandum of understanding as he supported the idea.

Last year the hotel trained two inmates.

“They worked in the kitchen department as part of our team and our team loved their cooperation.

“We did not think different about them and they were loved from our team,” she said.

The training was for three months before the inmates could become a member of the kitchen department.

“Every three months, we recruit two new inmates to provide them with basic training with pay as we pay other trainee staff at the hotel.

“The inmates work six days a week with transportation provided to and from the hotel by the Corrections Services.

“I would like to encourage other corporate bodies to take up the initiatives too because even the biggest criminal gets a second chance so why not them,” Ms Rakoroi said.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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