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Disability Awards Set For March Next Year

Two new category awards, Administration of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, were also announced.
13 Nov 2020 11:55
Disability Awards Set For March Next Year
From left: President of the Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation Josko Wakaniyasi, Deputy New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Michelle Podmore, Deputy British High Commissioner to Fiji Paul Welsh, United Blind Persons of Fiji organising committee chairperson Rajnel Prasad, Elesi Aditila (President United Blind Persons of Fiji) and Sai Prema Foundation secretary Remal Tappoo. Photo: Shreeya Verma

The 2020-2021 National Disability Awards event will be held on March 27, 2021, at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.

This was confirmed by the United Blind Persons of Fiji (UBP) organising committee chairperson Rajnel Prasad, during the official launch of the 2020-2021 HomeCare Independent National Disability Awards on October 31, 2020.

Deputy British High Commissioner to Fiji Paul Welsh officiated as chief guest during the launch.

Mr Prasad said they were calling it 2020-2021 awards because the event was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to host this event in a bigger way next year,” Mr Prasaid said.

The UBP also launched two new award categories.

“The two categories which are the Administration of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, is introduced to recognise persons with disability and abled persons who can apply for this because they have been part of it and they have been working with the disability sector,” Mr Prasad said.

He said they were seeking sponsorship for the two new categories.

“If there is any organisation that wants to be part of these new categories, they are most welcome to do so. I will be honoured to have them on board,” he said.

Categories and sponsors for the 2020-2021 National Disability Awards:

  • HFC Bank – Senior Manager of the Year
  • Fiji National University – Student of the Year
  • Telecom Fiji Limited – Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Fiji Higher Education Commission – Youth of the Year
  • Irok Enterprise Limited trading – SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) of the Year
  • Port Denarau Marina – Women in Leadership of the Year
  • Betty Albert Life Time achievement award presented by HomeCare Independent
  • Trading as Belsz Merchandize Fiji as a new sponsor for the Sports Person of the Year.

Sai Prema Foundation Fiji had also handed over 30 food packs to UBP for their North trip food distribution as part of COVID-19 assistance.

These food packs will be distributed to the disabled community in Labasa by the UBP team.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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