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Parents’ Struggles mould Vauvau future

  All Viliame Vauvau values from his childhood memories are the struggles he overcame to get to where he is today. “I was raised in an unprivileged family, a family
28 Jan 2019 13:14
Parents’ Struggles mould Vauvau future
Viliame Vauvau (middle) with his parents Waisea Qauqau (left) and Kalara Rokowati (right).

 

All Viliame Vauvau values from his childhood memories are the struggles he overcame to get to where he is today.

“I was raised in an unprivileged family, a family where no one was working. My parents were unemployed and there were eight of us in my family. We live in a small wooden house with no electricity and water,” Mr Vauvau said.

“Every morning, we had to wake up to fetch water from our neighbour for cooking and bathing. I can clearly remember how we use to stand on our tiptoes to watch movies outside our neighbour’s house through their window.

“My father was a farmer and a fisherman and my mother caught crab and sold it to earn our living. While the other students went home and rested, we were on the streets selling crab or fish.

“Life was really hard, and it was sad to see our parents struggle every day to feed us despite the weather.  Education was their first priority no matter what.”

Seeing his parents sacrifice, he worked hard in school to make them proud.

“My parents cried during our school prize giving ceremony in 2010 when they heard that I scooped the Dux award. Even though I was in high school it didn’t stop me from selling crabs after school,” he said.

Growing up, he never had the luxuries like most his age, this never stopped him from his goal.

“I faced a lot of mountains but nothing stopped. It was in 2017, when I finished school and finally got a job at Westpac Banking Corporation as a bank officer and one of my sisters ended up as a teacher and the other became a fisheries officer while the rest are still in school.”

The 21-year-old, believed that no matter the struggle if his priorities were set right, he was going to achieve whatever goals he set for himself.

“My struggles and sacrifice in life have been one of the things that kept me moving.  Sometimes I go without food to school and I never complained because my love for my parents was more than anything.”

Mr Vauvau said he was grateful to be part of Westpac Bank.

“I am so grateful to have a family like mine and I am so grateful as well to be part of the Westpac family because it has taught me something and that is ‘We Are People Always Helping People’,” he said.

“My advice to children who are facing the same issue is to always respect and love your parents and never be ashamed of who you are and your upbringing. Be strong and always fight no matter the kind of life that you are going through. Work hard so you can give your family and your future the life that everyone dreams of.

Most importantly, make sure you are happy and satisfied in all things that you do and always put God first.”

Mr Vauvau is from Nabuna, Tavua and has maternal links to Lovoni, Levuka, Ovalau.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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