Maestro: Need To Stay Positive

Fijians are blessed to fall back to their village in this challenging time - Waisale Serevi
09 May 2021 15:25
Maestro: Need To Stay Positive
Waisale Serevi carries a bag of cassava as they make their way back to Laselase Village in Nadroga.

Despite the lockdown brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, rugby sevens maestro, Waisale Serevi, continued his journey of making a difference in people’s lives.

Serevi along with his wife Karalaini and daughter Una are waiting for their return flight home to Seattle in America.

The second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country forced the closure of our border and the cancellation of their flight.

Putting their time into good use, Serevi’s family has been enjoying their stay at his wife’s village in Laselase, Nadroga.

The World Rugby’s sevens legend had been accompanying the village elders in doing their daily duties.

“I’ve spent the last seven days in my (wife’s) village of Las Vegas (Laselase),” Serevi said jokingly.

“We waiting for our flight back to the USA and what a great decision (to stay in the village).

“We went to the farm and got cassava, dalo (taro), rourou (taro leaves) and it’s been a while for me to uproot cassava and dalo.”

Serevi said his daughter Una, who is a member of the United States (US) Air Force was out with the village women fetching kai (river mussels) at the Sigatoka River.

“Fijians are blessed that we have our own village that we can fall back on in these challenging times we are facing,” he said.

Serevi urged all friends and families to obey all the rules that have been given by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in order to achieve our goal- of containing the coronavirus.

“Let’s stay positive and help one another. All to have a blessed month of May and yes God is still awesome and good all day.”

Meanwhile, late last month Serevi and his family visited the cyclone ravaged Kia Island in the province of Macuata in Vanua Levu.

The island’s only village was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Yasa in December last year.

“I’m grateful to God for the opportunity to visit one of the villages hit badly by the cyclone in Fiji.

“At Kia Island, we donated rugby jerseys for the school and food items, and to see kids smiling made our family visit a special one,” he said.

Serevi thanked Kelvin Flynn, the president of Seattle Saracens Rugby Club for the assistance.

“We also managed to give a set of rugby jerseys to the village of Yaro too. To all our friends, stay positive and finish strong in whatever you do in life,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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