Res­i­dents to Get Fresh Veg­gies Af­ter Prasad’s Ini­tia­tive

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True to his word, Mr Voda­fone Friendly North Vishal Prasad teamed up with the queen and king con­tes­tants to up­grade the Labasa Se­nior Cit­i­zens Home’s vegetable gar­den. They cleaned the green house and planted a num­ber of veg­eta­bles like pump­kin, cab­bage, long bean, toma­toes and cu­cum­ber.

The 24-year-old di­eti­cian of Qo­mate Health Cen­tre in Labasa said the idea to carry out this first project af­ter the crown­ing was when they vis­ited the home to dis­trib­ute gifts which was or­gan­ised by the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee. “Dur­ing the tour I saw the green house was empty and was in­formed by the staff mem­bers that since the change over to a new man­age­ment, noth­ing had yet been done,” Mr Prasad said. “Back­yard gar­den­ing is a form of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

“We have car­ried out the ini­tia­tive and re­quested the staff mem­bers to take own­er­ship and see to it that the veg­eta­bles grow well so that they can re­ceive the pro­duce and add sup­ple­ment to res­i­dents’ diet.

“This gar­den is also set-up for food se­cu­rity in times of cri­sis and should en­cour­age well­ness of the staff that look af­ter more than 20 res­i­dents,” he added.

“I would like to thank the Food and Nu­tri­tion Cen­tre for pro­vid­ing us with tools and seeds and De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare for ac­cept­ing my re­quest to carry out the project.

Voda­fone Fes­ti­val of the Friendly North le­gal advisor Ami Kohli said Mr Prasad was the first king con­tes­tant win­ner to carry out a com­mu­nity project af­ter a few weeks of crown­ing.

“I have been in the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee for so many years and en­cour­aged winners to take up their own ini­tia­tive to do some­thing for the com­mu­nity,” Mr Kohli said. “We are happy to see con­tes­tants gath­ered for this gar­den project at our only se­nior cit­i­zens home in Labasa and hope to see more of such com­mu­nity work hap­pen.” Edited by Ranoba Baoa

This gar­den set-up for food se­cu­rity in times of cri­sis and should en­cour­age well­ness of the staff that look af­ter more than 20 res­i­dents.”

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Mr Voda­fone Fes­ti­val of the Friendly North Vishal Prasad (from left), Miss Voda­fone Fes­ti­val of the Friendly North Naima Shazmeen and Miss Per­son­al­ity Pola Lois and Mr Northern Char­ity Al­liance Kolinio Ta­mani­la­tui up­grad­ing the gar­den at Labasa Se­nior Cit­i­zens Home on Septem­ber 15,2018.

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