AKBAR PRAISED FOR ATTENDING FUNERAL
esidents of the Golden Age Home in Lautoka were yesterday joined by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, as they bid their last farewell to a resident. Ms Akbar has been praised for her attendance and recognition of ordinary people.
Brij Raji, who had been living at the home for past year, died on Saturday. The Social Welfare ministry organised the 74-year-old’s funeral ceremony and Ms Akbar with her staff arrived from Suva to attend. The male ward attendant of the Golden Age Home, Luke Ketewai, in his eulogy, was emotional as he remembered how Ms Raji used to talk to him and care for him. He thanked Ms Akbar for attending the funeral ceremony. “It has never happened before that someone of such stature would be among us to witness a funeral service. This is just different,” Mr Ketewai said. The superintendent of the Golden Age Home, Tara Naresh, told Fiji Sun, Ms Raji and her son became residents of the home last year. She said both were ill and had no one to take care of them at their house in Suva. “Ms Raji had mental conditions and her son was blind. He passed away in March this year from a brain tumour.” But what touched the heart of the staff, residents and the people was the presence of Ms Akbar.