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Santa Feels Blessed When Children Happy

  Every Christmas season, Sarish Chand has dressed like a Santa Claus, rides on his black motorbike for a tour of Labasa Town to give sweets to children. This will
24 Dec 2018 13:11
Santa Feels Blessed When Children Happy
Santa Claus with Labasa Police Constable Ana Tuapati who was on beat patrol in the main business centre of Labasa Town on December 23rd 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu

 

Every Christmas season, Sarish Chand has dressed like a Santa Claus, rides on his black motorbike for a tour of Labasa Town to give sweets to children.

This will be the sixth year in a row, for the 46-year-old self employed businessman of Tuatua, Labasa to conduct his deliveries.

The father of three reveals here reasons why he goes on his annual stint.

He has been doing this because of a passion to provide a special entertainment atmosphere for children who wish to take a photograph with Santa Claus.

The Labasa Town Santa Claus starts  his daily two-hour journey, a few days before Christmas waving hands to passing vehicles and stopping by for kids on the streets to give them sweets.

“It is a special feeling and it gives me great satisfaction to see smiles on children’s face,” Mr Chand said.

“I have been doing this at my own expense.”

The fourth youngest of 10 siblings  runs his own private transportation business by the name Northern Tours and Funeral Services in Labasa.

He said Christmas was a celebration for everyone.

Santa Claus with his family (son on bike) Shanav Chand, wife Rohini Rita, mother Daya Watii and friend (Mere Tubuya, Esther Time and Nathan Time at Tuatua in Labasa on december 23rd, 2018.   Photo: MShratika Naidu

Santa Claus with his family (son on bike) Shanav Chand, wife Rohini Rita, mother Daya Watii and friend (Mere Tubuya, Esther Time and Nathan Time at Tuatua in Labasa on december 23rd, 2018. Photo: MShratika Naidu

“My eldest son died in a tragic accident few years ago and this shook my life to the core,” Mr Chand said.

“Trying to regain strength for my family I started my own business and bought a Honda brand motorbike making sure I appear on the street to brighten children’s life for Christmas.

“I never thought in my life that I will be a Santa Claus one day even after I finished my Year 12 at Nadogo Central College.

“Sometimes it is not easy to be a Santa Claus because some find it funny and hurl criticisms in many ways.

“What matters to me the most is that children are gifts from God and bringing smiles to these precious gifts is a blessing to me and my family.

“I would like to wish all the children in Fiji a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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