Fiji Sun - - Nation -

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.

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