NATION

Labasa Recognises Work of Katsuro Takano

A Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) vol­unteer was recognised during a thanksgiving lunch in Labasa as a gesture of acknowledgement for re­ceiving the International Volunteer Award. Katsuro Takano received the
28 Dec 2017 11:00
Labasa Recognises Work of Katsuro Takano
Labasa Town Council Acting Chief Executive Officer Faiyaz Ali, JICA volunteer Katsuro Takano and Special Administrator of Labasa and Savusavu Town Council’s Vijay Chand. PHOTO: NACANIELI TUILEVUKA

A Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) vol­unteer was recognised during a thanksgiving lunch in Labasa as a gesture of acknowledgement for re­ceiving the International Volunteer Award.

Katsuro Takano received the award at the University of the South Pacific’s Japan-Pacific ICT Centre building dur­ing the International Volunteer Day on December 05.

Mr Takano was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Labasa and Savusavu Town Councils special administrator Vijay Chand at Labasa Civic Centre last Thursday.

Mr Chand said the volunteer had built a close bond with staff of Labasa Town Council and that he was no long­er referred to as a JICA volunteer, but as Katsuro, who had become a family member of the municipality.

“He has become part of us and that is why we thought of surprising him with the certificate because we are thankful for his dedication towards La­basa town,” Mr Chand said.

“The staff of Labasa Town Council respected him because he considered his job to be more than just doing vol­unteer work.

“This is a milestone achievement for the municipality because Katsuro has been awarded the international vol­unteer of the year award and we have been recognised for our works.

“I know the competition was tough because he had to compete with many civil society and non-governmental or­ganisations.”

Mr Takano said he was surprised to hear his name being called at the presentation. He did not expect to be acknowledged for work he volunteered to conduct.

“I was not expecting to be acknowl­edged and wasn’t expecting the inter­national Volunteer of the Year Award as well,” he said.

“My supervisor, who is in Suva, filled the form and attached required details with the documents. We were trying our luck.

“When I came here I faced many changes, one in particular is commu­nication and adapting to the lifestyle.

“I worked for the Health Depart­ment at the Labasa Town Council as part of my work, this year we visited 14 schools around Labasa collecting waste paper, and we managed to col­lect 1000 kilograms of waste paper thatwas sent to a recycle company inSuva.

“We taught students in 14 schools how we can recycle bottles to be used for vase and decorations.”

Mr Takano will be leaving Labasa in March.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj

Subscribe to E-Edition
pacific island top up
Air Nuigini
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: