Letters To The Editor, 3rd October, 2018

Pinktober Neelz Singh, Lami Yes, it’s Pinktober: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So in the spirit of awareness-raising, I’d like to make you all a little more aware of what awareness
03 Oct 2018 13:20
Letters To The Editor, 3rd October, 2018


Neelz Singh, Lami

Yes, it’s Pinktober: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So in the spirit of awareness-raising, I’d like to make you all a little more aware of what awareness campaigns are actually making you aware of.

Breast cancer was a disease spoken about behind closed doors, not something one would acknowledge in public.

Men and women had little support, and there was little understanding or acknowledgement of the emotional ramifications of suffering from the disease, or the emotional trauma of losing one or both breasts.

Many women suffered in silence with a deadly disease they considered shameful.

But today, men and women today feel more empowered to take control of their health, and are not ashamed to seek help.

And so in this month, organisations dedicated to breast cancer awareness give women with breast cancer and their loved ones a feeling of community and support.

These are all undeniably excellent developments that have greatly benefited women and men with breast cancer.

But for now, let’s put the pink-washing aside, and focus on the goals of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Give generously with a cheerful heart to support a worthy cause. Exercise regularly, eat healthy, and stay healthy.


Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

I fully agree with your Journalist Wati Talebula (FS 2/10) that the privacy rights espoused in section 24(1)(a) has been breached by Jale Baba of SODELPA, or is it justified because it’s in the public interest.

Prayer Centre

Tim Howick-Smith,  Lami

I was truly shocked when I read (FS 29/09) that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Suva is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) “for the lease and development” of its 18.62 acres of land at Wailekutu, Lami, which is currently zoned as Civic Community Development.

This invitation for EOI goes on to state:

“Depending on the scope of the proposal the incumbent may also be required to relocate the Prayer Centre currently on the land”.

For those of you who do not know of the Nazareth Prayer/Meditation Centre, it is located on the hillside next to the Father Law Home in Wailekutu.

The Prayer Centre occupies a unique location overlooking  Draunibota Bay and is surrounded by a beautiful garden, mature trees and pristine vegetation.

For decades its tranquility and exceptional hospitality has provided its countless visitors (Catholic and non-Catholic, local and overseas) a retreat and guidance for  prayer, spiritual contemplation and meditation.

What could possibly justify the Church in effect abandoning the Prayer Centre and all that it has, and could continue, to contribute to the spiritual life of so many? Surely the Catholic Church is not so short of money as to necessitate this drastic and irreversible action.

Who among the Catholic community were consulted and who ultimately makes the decision regarding this matter?

The Prayer Centre is not a factory that can simply be “relocated”. Anyone who has visited the Prayer Centre would recognise that it occupies an exeptional site for those seeking peace and tranquility from today’s increasingly hectic life. I challenge anyone to identify a comparable location.

And what are the plans for the Chapel which was donated and consecrated ? Is it to be sacrilegiously bulldozed?

Is this not a classic case of a “Mess of Pottage”.

This expression refers to something immediately attractive but of little value taken foolishly and carelessly in exchange for something more distant and perhaps less tangible but immensely more valuable.

Reference is made to a Mess of Pottage in Genesis 25: 29-34 where Esau sold his birthright to his younger brother Jacob for a bowl of lentil soup. However it should be noted that poor Esau only did this because he was facing starvation. To lease for “development” this unique spiritual asset will inevitably result in its destruction and would seem difficult to justify.

I know that I am not alone in asking the authorities concerned to seriously reconsider this decision before it is too late.

Girls IDC Champs

Arun Prasad, Nausori

I wish to thank Fiji Sun for publishing and highlighting the celebration of Vunimono High School girls’ IDC win.

The article gives recognition and promotes girls’ soccer in schools.

I wish to thank Vunimono High School Principal, the School Management, and well-wishers for aptly recognising the talents of the girls.

Master Elvis has finally seen his hard work come to fruition. Soccer must be encouraged among girls in all the schools.

I believe the Fiji Football Associaiton (FFA) should take ownership of this and assist with equipment and technical advice.

FFA cannot stay on the periphery and assume that girls’ soccer is developing. I am sure funds are there for the development of women’s soccer.

We all should support the girls in our schools. Girls must be encouraged to lace up their boots without fear or against the backdrop of hostility.

Congratulations once again girls!

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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