Us­ing Sewing Skill to As­sist Oth­ers


Fiji Sun - - WEST NEWS - SALOTE QALUBAU Suria Kanta sews a dress Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: salote.qalubau@fi­

Suria Kanta of Lauwaki, Lau­toka, has de­cided to as­sist those in need of cloth­ing, by us­ing her tal­ent in sewing The 58-year-old has been busy sewing aprons, dresses and pants for the Lau­toka Golden Age Home and de­cided to of­fer her skills on the Face­book page Barter for Bet­ter Fiji.

“I have more than a thou­sand peo­ple ask­ing me to sew, but they said they needed to get their ma­te­rial so I told them that if they don’t have the money, they can come be­cause I am not a de­mand­ing per­son,” she said.

“I got ma­te­rial here de­liv­ered by the Golden Age Home so with one roll I’ve al­ready made 38 three quar­ter pants for the males and they brought an­other roll of ma­te­rial to sew an­other 38 pants.”

She said she had sewn and dis­trib­uted 500 face­masks to cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions and the Home.

“I am wait­ing to sew long pants from denim ma­te­rial for the women dur­ing this cold weather.” She said this had been her kind of out­look on life since she was di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian cancer in the early nineties.

“I had an op­er­a­tion in 1993 and was told I had third stage ovar­ian cancer so I came back home and my fam­ily told me to get chemo­ther­apy, but I said I just be­lieve in God,” she said.

“I still have pain and at times I do get a fever and get in­fected fast, but If I have to die I just want to die peace­fully the way I am beau­ti­ful, I don’t want to lose my hair and I don’t want to be mis­er­able.”

Ms Kanta said her sis­ter re­sid­ing in Canada sup­ported her fi­nan­cially.

“I am wid­owed now but my two chil­dren are mar­ried so hav­ing this gives me joy be­cause the only re­ward is see­ing smiles on peo­ple’s faces,” she said.

Photo: Salote Qalubau

at her home in Lauwaki, Lau­toka on May 7, 2020.

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