Assistant Minister praises Outrigger initiatives
‘Such is the partnership and comradeship needed to help move Fiji forward’
The Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort management has received praises for their initiative for engaging with community after holding a Outrigger Walk for Kids Walkathon in Sigatoka yesterday. Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana was the celebrity walker and chief guest at the event said: “I applaud the management of Outrigger Resort and their innovation to stage such an event in aid of children directly affected by cyclone Winston and especially children with special needs attending Sigatoka special school.” Part of the proceeds from the Walkathon will help in the construction of a trade workshop for special students attending the school. “Such is the partnership and comradeship needed to help move Fiji forward, when we combine our efforts and resources for the greater good, our nation will strive and many will reap greater benefits, especially those who are disadvantaged,” Mr Delana said. “Today we need to always consider the disadvantaged in our society, that I mean every disabled Fijians.” He said there was a need to look beyond their disabilities and identify their unique abilities and talents. “We need identify their talents and develop a greater appreciation and patience towards each Fijian with special needs. He said many young people in this group are unable to enter a college, career school or full time job right after high school. “They frequently stay at home well into their 20’s trying to adopt and be accepted into the society and are part of community.
“Therefore this plan and initiative to fundraise and establish a vocational or trade workshop for these students is commended and one should be supported fully,” he said.
“Every special student is capable of being good at some things and it is our collective duty to help them reach and discover their hidden potentials.” Edited by Paula Tuvuki