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Seniors Dedicate Time To Feed, Care For Street Dwellers

“Our group of men are all retired, some members in our group are disabled, but we still have to do our work to help the poor.”
27 Oct 2021 12:36
Seniors Dedicate Time To Feed, Care For Street Dwellers
The Vunivaivai Senior Citizens Group of Lautoka gather before heading to begin their distribution of food to the homeless in Lautoka. Photos: Nicolette Chambers

A group of senior citizens in the Sugar City are dedicating their free time to feed and care for those who have made the streets of Lautoka their home.

Members of the Vunivaivai Senior Citizens Group are longtime friends involved in various jobs before they retired.

Spokesperson, Eparama Roko who was previously employed at the Blue Lagoon Cruises for 26 years said upon retiring he teamed up with his fellow retired buddies to initiate this project that would benefit the need of  Lautoka’s society.

Mr Roko said they were committed to distributing food on the Friday of every second week to homeless people who reside on the streets.

“We meet at the Sugar City Mall every Monday to Saturday, we share our stories and talk about the good we can do for our people,” he said.

“Our group of men are all retired, some members in our group are disabled, but we still have to do our work to help the poor.”

He said lending assistance to the unfortunate began two years ago and he was content to see the joy in the faces of members when they helped the poor.

“These people do not have anyone to look after them, no one is here for them,” he said.

“It’s a good feeling to help the poor, we have used part of our retirement money to assist them.”

For any group or individual wishing to donate and help this group, funds could be sent to Cane-Farmers Co-operative Savings and Loans Association Limited with the account number, 1100-006641-31 under the Vunivaivai Senior Citizens of Lautoka.

Feedbacknicollete.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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