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I owe everything to my grandmother and mother: SVC headboy

A broken family can sometimes have psychological, emotional and physical impact on children. But Apimeleki Ralele had a different story, one which could be a motivation to children caught up
09 Feb 2018 11:00
I owe everything to my grandmother and mother: SVC headboy
From left: Tarusila Rasala with grandson and Swami Viveknanda College Headboy Apimeleki Rakele and headgirl, Priyanka Mishra with her father, Navneet Mishra, after the school's prefect induction ceremony on February 8, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

A broken family can sometimes have psychological, emotional and physical impact on children.

But Apimeleki Ralele had a different story, one which could be a motivation to children caught up in such problems.

He turned his parents’ divorce as a motivating factor to work hard and achieve academic excellence.

The 18-year-old commerce student was inducted as the school’s headboy for Swami Vivekananda College (SVC) at the prefect induction ceremony in Nadi yesterday.

Originally from Sabeto Village, Apimeleki had been living with his mother Vilisi Liku who is currently in Australia and grandmother in Malolo Village ever since his parent’s divorce.

“What I am today is because of my mother, grandmother and all my maternal family relatives. I owe everything to them,” he said.

Being a single parent-child, Apimeleki said life was not easy, but thanks to his grandmother’s and mother’s firm belief in Christ helped him overcome the struggles.

“It is hard to be a child of a single parent, you don’t feel the love and comfort of both parents but today I stand to thank my grandmother and mother for giving me that love I craved for,” he said.

“What I achieved today is because of the one I serve, Christ and I will continue to thank him in all achievements.”

To be a leader, Apimeleki said it was all about being a role model and motivating his fellow students to become the best version of themselves.

“It all starts from home, students obey your parents and guardians, this is the only way to success,” he added.

Apimeleki vows to work hard to secure a scholarship and pursue further studies overseas.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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