Fam­i­lies com­mended

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Rosi Do­viver­ata Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­jisun.com.fj

SODELPA leader Si­tiveni Rabuka has com­mended fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties still liv­ing in tents for their pa­tience. This was part of his Fiji Day mes­sage as Fiji cel­e­brates its 46th an­niver­sary of in­de­pen­dence.

“As we look back at our na­tional his­tory, 142 years since the ces­sion of Fiji, we have en­dured and re­cov­ered af­ter ev­ery set­back. Whilst still re­cov­er­ing from TC Win­ston, the na­tion united in joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion for the his­toric achieve­ment of our Olympic-cham­pion 7s Team. “Our win en­abled us to tran­scend bound­aries and that same unity of pur­pose is re­quired to build a strong, united and mul­ti­cul­tural Fiji.”

Mr Rabuka also re­it­er­ated his call for the po­ten­tial of sports to be fos­tered na­tion­ally.

“The sky is the limit: rather than be­ing a source of raw tal­ent for tier one rugby na­tions, Fiji can repli­cate the suc­cess of 7s in the 15s code.

“And I am grat­i­fied that ef­forts are un­der­way to estab­lish a Su­per 14 team or two to re­tain our rugby tal­ent in Fiji.

“I also re­it­er­ate my call for bud­getary sup­port to the Fiji Sports Com­mis­sion to estab­lish a sports acad­emy that will nur­ture and train our field and track ath­letes as well as the men’s and women’s rugby and net­ball and other sports.”

The Serevi fam­ily in Seat­tle, USA. Photo: Face­book

Photo: Fiji So­ci­ety In Hamil­ton/Face­book Chil­dren celebrating Fiji Day in Hamil­ton, New Zealand.

Photo: Vil­i­tati Matai­tini/ Face­book Third from right: Fiji High Com­mis­sioner to Pa­pua New Guinea Esala Te­leni with his wife and the Fi­jian com­mu­nity in Port Moresby dur­ing the Fiji Day cel­e­bra­tions in PNG.

The Mayor of Ip­swich Councelor Roger Fern (se­cond from left), and the High Com­mis­sioner to the United King­dom Ji­toko Tikolevu (se­cond from right), are flanked by two iTaukei war­riors dur­ing the Fiji Day cel­e­bra­tions in the UK.

The Fi­jian com­mu­nity in Can­berra, Aus­tralia, cel­e­brate Fiji Day. Photo: Fiji High Com­mis­sion - Can­berra Aus­tralia/ Face­book

Fi­jians in Thai­land on Fiji Day. Photo: Tai Taka/ Face­book

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