Toso Viti toso

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Apete Marayawa, Ba Not of­ten do events hap­pen that have such an over­whelm­ing ef­fect over the whole of Fiji they be­come in­deli­bly as­so­ci­ated as a sig­nif­i­cant chap­ter in our short his­tory. At times we can even go years be­fore events and oc­cur­rences of such mag­ni­tude hap­pen to qual­ify to be added. Cer­tainly there are the good ones and the bad; be­cause such is life. How­ever 2016 has un­ques­tion­ably be­come my favourite year. We are three quar­ters of the way through the year and al­ready two new chap­ters have been added to the chron­i­cles of Fiji. Fe­bru­ary 20, saw Fiji dev­as­tated by Cy­clone Win­ston. I can­not for­get the look of shock peo­ple had on their faces on Sun­day morn­ing as the mag­ni­tude of the de­struc­tion be­came clear.

But de­spite sig­nif­i­cant losses what I re­mem­ber even bet­ter is the way peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties pulled to­gether. Neigh­bours de­spite never hav­ing spo­ken were check­ing up on each other, com­mu­ni­ties were shar­ing what lit­tle they had. Fiji had be­come truly united as one na­tion of Fi­jians in our shared loss. Fri­day 12th Au­gust, barely 6 months later Fiji was again truly united but in our ju­bi­la­tion: We had won gold in Rio. As one na­tion we came to­gether united in cel­e­bra­tion.

I may just be an op­ti­mist but there is def­i­nitely a re­newed sense of pride and pa­tri­o­tism strength­ened by the bond of shared ex­pe­ri­ences, of unity. We are fi­nally em­brac­ing our iden­tity as Fi­jians and come what may, our fu­ture looks bright.

Toso Viti Toso!

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