AIM TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH LET­TERS

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Thirty-two-year-old Joan Ger­a­lyne McGoon be­lieves writ­ing in the Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor col­umn would one day help change this world into a beau­ti­ful place. Ms McGoon was re­cently awarded the

Fiji Sun’s let­ter of the week win­ner ti­tled “Play­ground for Crim­i­nals”. She has been an avid writer con­tribut­ing to cur­rent af­fairs is­sues.

“I like to write and hope­fully it will one day change this world into a beau­ti­ful place,” Ms McGoon said. She said it was an eye-opener for her work­ing with an or­gan­i­sa­tion that dealt di­rectly with hu­man traf­fick­ing vic­tims. Ms McGoon was a for­mer bank of­fi­cer be­fore spend­ing two years in Asia where she worked for a Ger­man-funded char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion and wrote ar­ti­cles on hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The writ­ing on spe­cific is­sues re­lated to hu­man traf­fick­ing sharp­ened her pen­man­ship and us­ing tact to get her point across. “You have the free­dom to write what­ever is­sue you need to write, but it takes diplo­macy to say it , write it and to get your point across, so we should give it to them from a good di­rec­tion and not to tear any­one down,” Ms McGoon said. Orig­i­nally from Le­vuka in Ovalau, Ms McGoon af­ter trav­el­ling is more aware of what is hap­pen­ing around her. “We also wrote ar­ti­cles mostly for our spon­sors and what we ex­pe­ri­enced and ev­ery­thing. So when I came, writ­ing was what I did most of the time and I wanted to con­trib­ute to what’s hap­pen­ing around me,” she said. She cur­rently works in the Sales and Mar­ket­ing de­part­ment of a com­pany based in Nadi.

LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI Edited by Maraia Vula

Joan Ger­a­lyne McGoon (left), re­ceives a Parker pen from Fiji Sun re­porter Litia Tikomailepanoni at our Nadi of­fice. Photo: Vinita Singh

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