Con­grat­u­la­tions Ram Pyari for join­ing a special small group

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It’s rare to­day to see peo­ple live to be 100 years old.

But when Ram Pyari of Waiqele, Labasa, turned 100 on Tues­day, she joined a special small group.

She mar­ried at 15, has seven chil­dren and 120 grand­chil­dren, great grand­chil­dren and great great grand­chil­dren.

She is an amaz­ing

Fi­jian. While she was raised in Labasa town she did ex­cep­tion­ally well after she mar­ried into a farm­ing fam­ily.

She worked in rice and sug­ar­cane farms in the hot sun she en­dured. She not only raised her own chil­dren but baby sat chil­dren from ex­tended fam­ily.

The con­di­tions on the farm might have been tough and even harsh at times but she ful­filled her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and came through with fly­ing colours.

She is a great ex­am­ple, a cham­pion and a le­gend. In fact she is an in­spi­ra­tion.

To live this long she must have lived healthy and con­tin­ues to main­tain it. But she shares the se­cret to her longevity is be­ing happy.

She has a great sense of hu­mour and quips that she doubts whether women to­day can han­dle the work­load she car­ried dur­ing her hey­days on the farm. It was a com­bi­na­tion of hard work and a sim­ple but healthy life­style.

To­day, we wish her a be­lated happy birth­day and con­grat­u­late her for an event­ful and pro­duc­tive life.

Ram Pyari.

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