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Isireli Continues Help For Grieving Gau Families

The families grieving for the seven people from Gau still missing at sea have not gone unnoticed. Touched by their loss, Isireli Bolaniveimau continues to assist the grieved families. Fiji
23 Jan 2019 11:00
Isireli Continues Help For Grieving Gau Families
Isireli Bolaniveimau continues to assist the grieved families

The families grieving for the seven people from Gau still missing at sea have not gone unnoticed.

Touched by their loss, Isireli Bolaniveimau continues to assist the grieved families.

Fiji Sun met up with Mr Bolanivei­mau yesterday before he boarded the Sunset Express Fiji bus to Suva to drop off 14 bags of 10-kilogram long grain rice and 10kg of flour donated by Punjas Fiji last Tuesday to the families of the seven victims.

The retiree from the Golden Age Home in Natabua, Lautoka, said while he still had the energy to move around, he would ensure in some little way that the needs of the grieving families in Gau Island were met.

“I am doing this for them because I am from Gau and I feel the hard­ship. I know these families are still going through so much pain so from my side, I just want to assist them a little,” Mr Bolaniveimau said.

The help is especially focused on the mothers who now have to focus on being the breadwinner for their family.

The seven men still missing are Josevata Bolatakeu, Navitalai Bale, Alipate Ross, Filimone Tuisinu, Livai Bulimaibau, Ananaisa Ko­roi and Adriu George. They had left Nawaikama Village in Gau for Levuka in Ovalau on a fibreglass boat on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at about 5am to do some shop­ping, but failed to return. It was confirmed that they had arrived and left Levuka. Only a Tee-shirt and their half-submerged boat have been spotted by the search authori­ties.

“Doing this for the families won’t be the final lap of my assistance for them, this will continue,” Mr Bolaniveimau said.

“When I was employed at the Gold­en Age Home, I was dealing with senior residents and I saw what they went through daily so I know what the feeling is like.

“These seven men have gone, God planned something for them, but their families are still here, es­pecially the mothers who have to take care of their children because these men were the breadwinners for their families. I want to contin­ue to help these families.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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