SI­NAI: 29 DE­PART

FOR PEACEKEEPING

Fiji Sun - - Playing For 29 Depart - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Life has its all sorts of chal­lenges but my un­cle Cor­po­ral Manoa Nakaloa gave me some strong ad­vice that I have to learn from my mis­takes ev­ery­day and I will be able to do bet­ter in the fu­ture.

Kar­alaini Vonoy­auyau

RFMF mem­ber

ATailevu lass who left for Si­nai yes­ter­day as part of the 29-mem­ber Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces con­tin­gent wants to im­prove from her mis­takes to be a bet­ter per­son for the fu­ture.

“Life has its all sorts of chal­lenges but my un­cle cor­po­ral Manoa Nakaloa gave me some strong ad­vice that I have to learn from my mis­takes ev­ery­day and I will be able to do bet­ter in the fu­ture,” says 20-year-old Kar­alaini Vonoy­auyau. Ms Vonoy­auyau will turn 21 next Wed­nes­day, May 25, and is not fazed by cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day in a strange land. “I will surely miss home but have to sac­ri­fice and this part of that life,” the ex Sila Cen­tral High School stu­dent said. The Waikete na­tive has ma­ter­nal links to Mataso in the prov­ince of Ra will be fly­ing on a plane for the first time but can’t wait to start her tour of duty in the Mid­dle East. “I am re­ally ex­cited and look­ing for­ward for my first tour of duty,” she said. “I joined the force in May 2015 as I was tak­ing a schol­ar­ship pro­gramme of Diploma in Trade Agri­cul­ture at Koronivia but when ap­pli­ca­tion came I went all for the RFMF.” Her aunt Ti­nai Mo­ceituba said her fam­ily was proud to see Ms Vonoy­auyau in RFMF uni­form. “Her mum died when she was young and my par­ents took care of her, now all of them are no longer here but their fruit of up­bring­ing we can see on her smil­ing face,” Ms Mo­ceituba said. RFMF Ma­jor Isikeli Vakade­wabuka said the 29 mem­bers of the RFMF were all set to take up their du­ties in Si­nai.

“All look set phys­i­cally, men­tally with a mix­ture of young and se­nior in­clud­ing two women,” he said. Ma­jor Vakade­wabuka told the of­fi­cers to be good and obe­di­ent sol­diers.

“That is one of the first no­table ges­ture of the RFMF that we lis­ten and ev­ery­thing will be in or­der. Look af­ter your re­spon­si­bil­ity well. “Re­mem­ber what the Prime Min­is­ter stresses to make sure that you con­di­tion your body and even the life­style come back one year and make your coun­try, fam­i­lies happy.”

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Repub­lic of Mil­i­tary Forces per­son­nel leav­ing for Si­nai at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Pri­vate Kar­ala­iani Vonoy­auyau (right), with aunt Ti­nai Mo­ceituba at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. yes­ter­day.

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