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Dropout Is PM’s Youth Of The Year Award Recipient

This was no different for 34-year-old businessman, Sarvesh Chetty, who was awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth of the Year Award on Friday.
08 May 2022 10:45
Dropout Is PM’s Youth Of The Year Award Recipient
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Winners of the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards. From left: Sivendra Michael, Minister for Commerce Faiyaz Koya, Apakuki Nalawa, Wati Marawai Talavutu, Anabel Zareen Ali, Sarvesh Chetty, Kasmin Khan, Komal Kratika Raj and Kushal Pillay at the Grand Pacific Hotel on May 6, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord.

Behind every success story is an untold tale of pain, perse­verance and hard work.

This was no different for 34-year-old businessman, Sarvesh Chetty, who was awarded the Prime Min­ister’s Youth of the Year Award on Friday.

He was also the recipient of the Entrepreneur Award.

Some 17 years ago, Mr Chetty dropped out of school while in Year 12 at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School because his family faced fi­nancial constraints.

This setback never deterred his spirit as he took over the reins of their struggling family business, operating from a little shack out of their Samabula home in Suva.

Today, with a vision and hard work, the once struggling business has branches in Suva, Labasa and Nadi and employs close to 50 Fiji­ans.

“Our business is called Filter Sup­plies and we specialise in the supply of filtration, lubricants and genera­tors for power generation,” he said.

“I took over this business from my dad some 17 years ago. I had left school early and I couldn’t complete tertiary education.

“Back in the days we operated from a small shed at home and we did not have any staff so basically, I was just helping him out.

“I had to work very hard to get the business going from there in terms of funding and investments from the banks. I had to borrow money from family friends to get the busi­ness going.”

Award

Mr Chetty said to be recognised with two awards was a special feel­ing.

“I feel honoured and all the hard work has really paid off. I acknowl­edge my spiritual guide that has di­rected me all throughout my life,” he said.

“My parents have been the pillar of my strength and my team. We now have close to 50 staff operating in three branches.

“I would tell my sister that I would make the company grow one day and it was having that vision that was my strongest point of success.”

He said at times he would work 16 hours a day and never had any holi­days or weekends.

“It was hard work and persever­ance that made it happen,” he said.

He acknowledged his parents, wife, 11-year-old daughter and their team for their never-ending support.

“I want to motivate the youths, we have seen so many people giving up easily,” Mr Chetty said.

“I want to remind those who think that they have failed, to keep work­ing hard, never lose hope if things get tough. Be honest and work hard, hard work is the only key to suc­cess.”

Prime Minister

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainima­rama while officiating at the awards said the National Youth Awards was a chance to recognise the achieve­ments young people had produced.

“I often say that our people are Fi­ji’s greatest asset – and I mean it,” he said.

“Youth, especially, are the back­bone of any nation’s progress. Some countries are only getting older; their populations are aging, birth rates are falling, and their societies are becoming less dynamic as a re­sult.

“Fiji doesn’t have that problem. Our nation is getting younger; 62 per cent of our population is below the age of 35.

“That is an advantage – a huge advantage ––if we capitalise on it. Which is why we have made the in­vestments that we have to empower the young people of this country.”

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