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Proud Parents Back Disabled Son’s Ambitions

Thrivell Lal, who is born with a hearing impairment, was inducted a senior prefect at SVC. Sixteen-year-old Thrivell Lal is an inspiration to others, espe­cially his peers. The Year 12
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Proud Parents Back Disabled Son’s Ambitions
Swami Vivekananda College prefects and school heads after the prefection induction ceremony in Nadi on February 8, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Thrivell Lal, who is born with a hearing impairment, was inducted a senior prefect at SVC.

Sixteen-year-old Thrivell Lal is an inspiration to others, espe­cially his peers.

The Year 12 student of Swami Vivekananda College (SVC) in Nadi was born with a disability which made it hard for him to speak or hear.

But that didn’t deter him from soaring to new heights.

Thrivell was among the 108 stu­dents who were inducted as pre­fects at the school’s prefect induc­tion ceremony yesterday.

The school had to recruit a sign language teacher especially for him to help him communicate with teachers and students in class.

Due to the hot weather conditions in Nadi, Thrivell chooses not to put on hearing aids as it develops rash­es around his ear.

His father, Ashish Lal, 41, said with their son’s condition they have vowed to continue supporting his education so that he would be able to fend for himself in the future.

“We are so proud of Thrivell. De­spite his disabilities he still man­ages to achieve excellence in his school work and now chosen as one of the prefects for this prestigious school, SVC.

“At home we spend quality time together as a family. The power we have as parents will determine our children’s success, we keep remind­ing him every day that can be suc­cessful like other normal people,” he added.

Mr Lal described his only child as a “courageous one who isn’t afraid to face the world.”

He thanked SVC for giving his son the opportunity to pursue his edu­cation.

Thrivell aspires to be an architect.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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