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Rear Admiral Helps Student Try His New Pair Of Sandals

19 maritime students received a pair of shoes and uniforms thanks to the disciplined forces’ funds raised from the 2020 Ratu Sukuna Bowl, from their own salaries, from FMF and other donors.
02 Mar 2021 12:07
Rear Admiral Helps Student Try His New Pair Of Sandals
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto (sitting, sixth from left), with students who received a pair of shoes and uniform and teachers and officials at Labasa College on March 1, 2021. . Photo: Laisa Lui

Tevita Waicala was taken by surprise when the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto bent down and put on his shining new sandals.

The Year 6 student of Holy Family Primary School was shy at the gesture accorded to him after a handover event at Labasa College yesterday.

Rear Admiral Naupoto and his team are on a North school tour distributing school uniforms and shoes for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, they are also visiting as part of the institution’s three-day Tropical Cyclone Yasa and Tropical Cyclone Ana tour in the North.

19 maritime students received a pair of shoes and uniforms thanks to the disciplined forces’ funds raised from the 2020 Ratu Sukuna Bowl, from their own salaries, from FMF and other donors.

RFMF was able to collect $70,000 for the charitable works.

Rear Admiral recalled his childhood days where he wore hand-me-downs from his elder siblings.

And despite this tradition, he would still pass his exams and receive prizes.

He advised the students that what they wore should not dictate their intellect.

“Give it all our best, what you wear to school should not dictate your school work,” he said.

“While you’re still at school give it your best. You have one shot at it.”

Tevita aspires to be a reverend.

 

‘Can’t thank them enough’

Divisional Education Officer North Iliseva Volai thanked the Commander and his team for fixing and repairing the schools which were damaged by the cyclones.

Ms Volai said that her team of officers did not have the manpower to meet the deadline to open schools but was able to do so because of the tremendous help from the RFMF.

“The Northern schools cannot thank them enough for all they have done and yet still have the heart to also donate shoes and uniforms for the affected students,” she said.

Feedbackadi.kabulevu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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