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Father Law Home Celebrates Mary Fong’s 100th Birthday

Father Law Home Sister-in-charge Mere Lauaki said Ms Fong’s life was a testament of God’s Grace.
17 Mar 2020 10:26
Father Law Home Celebrates Mary Fong’s 100th Birthday
Sister Mere Lauaki garlands Mary Fong during her 100th birthday celebration.

Residents of Father Law Home in Wailekutu, Lami, celebrated the life of one of its oldest and founding members last week.

Mary Fong, a Fijian of Chinese descent, turned 100 years old in what was termed a joyous occasion by the residents and staff of the Home.

Father Law Home Sister-in-charge Mere Lauaki said Ms Fong’s life was a testament of God’s Grace.

“Mary and her late husband were one of the first lot of Chinese who were brought over to Fiji to farm and contribute to Fiji’s agricultural sector in the colonial era,” Sister Lauaki said.

“She and her husband used to plant where the Father Law home sits today, that was way before they established the home.

“In 1955, the Archdiocese of Suva then had decided to build a shelter for the man of the early Chinese settlers because they were getting older and fragile.

“Mary’s husband, the late Mr Fong, brought Mary along to the home where she became the home’s chef.”

Sister Lauaki said she became the favourite cook until she herself became a resident.

“She was the best cook. She was always willing to cook when there was a big party here.

“At 100, Mary still walks around without a stick, she is still able to support herself when she walks around.

“Not many people get the chance to turn 100 years old, but for Mary it has been God’s grace.”

Sister Lauaki, added the Chinese Community in Fiji had also planned on a bigger celebration later this year to celebrate and acknowledge Ms Fong’s life and contributions.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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