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Top Awards For Cane Farmer

From sugarcane farming to firefighting, a 21-year-old has told of how he attained top recognition during the National Fire Authority 2017 Firefighter Recruits passing-out parade yesterday. Vuviwa Naduvalo was among
21 Dec 2017 16:30
Top Awards For Cane Farmer
Graduate Vuviwa Naduvalo at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Navy Togalevu Base during the National Fire Authority 2017 Firefighter Recruits passing-out on December 20, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar

From sugarcane farming to firefighting, a 21-year-old has told of how he attained top recognition during the National Fire Authority 2017 Firefighter Recruits passing-out parade yesterday.

Vuviwa Naduvalo was among 35 graduates at the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Navy Togalevu Base.

He received the Highest Aggregate award and Best All Round Recruit award.

The Semo Village, Nadroga man was in tears when he spoke to the Fiji Sun telling of his experience working as a cane cutter at a sugarcane field.

He said after he completed his high school, he went on to work in his family’s farm before he was asked by his cousin brother to apply for the NFA recruitment.

“I applied for the recruitment but I did not hope to get accepted until I heard from them,” he said.

“I was so surprised to hear that I was one of the few selected for the recruitment and I immediately left for the training.

“I come from a poor background and our only source of income was working in the sugarcane field.

“This recruitment meant so much for my family and I am thankful to God that with his blessings I am standing here as a firefighter today,” Mr Naduvalo said.

He said the sugarcane income was only to support his family’s daily necessities but with his full-time and better work, he would be able to support his family for many other ways.

He was overwhelmed to hear his name announced for two major awards during the parade as he said he did not except any of the award.

“The nine weeks of training was very tough and challenging which I never thought to get through.

“There were times when I was so close to giving up but then my family’s picture came to mind and I continued to endure the challenges for the betterment of and our future.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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