As­sis­tant Min­is­ter praises Outrig­ger ini­tia­tives

‘Such is the part­ner­ship and com­rade­ship needed to help move Fiji for­ward’

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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

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