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Fi­nan­cial prob­lems failed to stop Josaia Vue­ti­macu­ata

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - SELITA BOLANAVANUA VEISARI Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: selita.bolanavanua@fi­jisun.

Com­pe­ti­tions in class was the big­gest chal­lenge for Josaia Vue­ti­macu­ata, but de­spite that he walked away with the Dux award dur­ing the Montfort Boys Town grad­u­a­tion yes­ter­day. The mo­tor vehicle me­chanic stu­dent said the past three years was an ex­cit­ing yet chal­leng­ing one. “I could not be­lieve what I have achieved to­day, but I thank the Lord for it,” he said.

“I made a lot of sac­ri­fices and I find it re­ally dif­fi­cult to be away from home.” Mr Vue­ti­macu­ata re­called he some­times faced fi­nan­cial prob­lems, but that failed to stop him from achiev­ing the best. “I thank the Lord for the knowl­edge and strength and it’s a good thing to de­pend in the Lord for ev­ery­thing,” he said. Mr Vue­ti­macu­ata is the youngest in the fam­ily of three.

His dad, Joeli Vu­nisa, 52, said: “My son de­serves this award. He is a very hum­ble child and very hard­work­ing, he re­ally de­served it. “I am a taxi driver and there were few fi­nan­cial is­sues that we faced, but we never lost hope and I al­ways be­lieve in my son.”

For the past three years, the fam­ily trav­els to Montfort from their home in Waila, Nau­sori ev­ery Sun­day to visit Vue­ti­macu­ata.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Grad­u­ates cel­e­brate af­ter re­cev­ing their cer­tifi­cates yes­ter­day.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Mon­fort Boys Town Dux Josaia Vue­ti­macu­ata Vu­nisa with his par­ents Mere and Josaia Vu­nisa af­ter their grad­u­a­tion yes­ter­day

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