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Queen Bounces Back From Setbacks

Miss Vodafone Ba Riverside Festival Queen Fulori Waibuta says life has not always been plain sailing for her since she lost her father at a tender age. “I felt so
24 Sep 2018 12:16
Queen Bounces Back From Setbacks
From left: FijiFirst provisional candidate Lisi Naziah Tora Ali, Miss Ba Riverside Queen Fulori Waibuta, the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Community Development, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala and Miss Charity Akanisi Raisua at Ba Riverside Grounds on September 22 , 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

Miss Vodafone Ba Riverside Festival Queen Fulori Waibuta says life has not always been plain sailing for her since she lost her father at a tender age.

“I felt so alone when my dad was gone and I had lost all interest in life,” Ms Waibuta said.

“As life moved on there was nothing left, but to dig deep, be mentally strong and forge ahead.”

Ms Waibuta recalled sharing a few moments with him just before her father died at the hospital in 2011.

“He told or sort of asked me to be strong, but I was just weeping,” she said.

“Seeing him pass away in the hospital was the most heartbreaking moment of my life.”

Nevertheless, she kept to the promise she had made to her father that day.

“I promised him that I would always work hard in my life,” she said.

These were to be the parting few words with her late father, which has acted as a catalyst for her being resilient and do well when growing up.

Over the years Ms Waibuta slowly, but surely, managed to defy all hurdles she faced in life with the help of her mother.

“I couldn’t have done it without her,” Ms Waibuta said.

“My dream has always been to have a heart willing to serve people and this fell into place when I started my studies in medicine.”

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Now a final-year student at Umanand Prasad School of Medicine & Health Sciences at University of Fiji, there is no turning back

She said that being crowned the queen came as the biggest surprise to her.

“it was just doing my attachment here when one of the staff approached me to represent them Miss Civil Service,” she said.

“This came as a surprise because I never imagined myself being on stage as a contestant.

“There was a bit of hesitancy initially, so I asked for some time to think about the offer.

“I was more drawn towards the charity part because I felt that it would be for a worthy cause.  because I was never really into the whole dressing up thing,” she added.

Ms Waibuta said that she also took the opportunity to advocate Non-Communicable Diseases because it was very serious concen for our nation.

“Many people are not aware of it and it is everyone’s responsibly to practise healthy living,” she said.

“My focus has always been on studies and my dreams will be coming true later this year when I  complete my studies in medicine to become a certified doctor.”

Her message to people struggling in life is never to lose hope, but to pursue your respective goals in life.

Edited by Percy Kean

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