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Greet­ings Read­ers! The fever of the Coca-Cola games has passed and mail­ife would like to be­gin by con­grat­u­lat­ing all the par­tic­i­pants on a week­end that saw records bro­ken, ri­val­ries hon­oured and re­la­tion­ships strength­ened. A spe­cial con­grat­u­la­tions to the win­ning schools, Natabua High School in the Boys Di­vi­sion and Adi Cakobau School in the Girls Di­vi­sion. May the tro­phies warm your school shelves and your stu­dents’ hearts as an­other year of school ath­let­ics passes. Once the dust of the tracks and its ex­cite­ment set­tles, stu­dents take some well de­served rest. An­other group of par­tic­i­pants that de­serve a world of rest are the par­ents of said stu­dents. Moth­ers and fathers filled the crowds and strength­ened the foun­da­tion of ath­letes coun­try­wide. This month in par­tic­u­lar, we hon­our the moth­ers. May sees the cel­e­bra­tion of Moth­ers’ Day – from the mother who keeps the house­hold to­gether to the mother who jug­gles her chil­dren’s rugby prac­tice with a job sched­ule; and those who so lov­ingly fill the po­si­tion of a mother in a house­hold, in­clud­ing the aun­ties, bubus and car­ers. This is­sue high­lights the power of a mother’s love in our SPE­CIAL sec­tion, where ma­ter­nal bonds are car­ried beyond the grave and felt even long af­ter they are gone. Our FOOD sec­tion also hon­ours the foot­prints left be­hind by our moth­ers in the form of culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences. Lance Seeto puts into heart­felt words what every one of us feels about a good ol’ home cooked meal from our moth­ers’ kitchens. There’s noth­ing like it. Our COVER fea­tures a vi­brant and pow­er­ful woman, Ellen Whippy Knight, mother to her chil­dren and to the fash­ion in­dus­try of Fiji. As Fiji Fash­ion Week cel­e­brates its tenth year, Whippy Knight has de­cided to leave the project she has nur­tured from birth in the hope that it will con­tinue to flour­ish and grow, even af­ter she has left. Her im­pact on both the fash­ion in­dus­try and fash­ion ed­u­ca­tion will be felt for years. The mail­ife BUSI­NESS seg­ment high­lights a quaint new hang­out for moth­ers and daugh­ters called the Mad Hat­ter Cafe. The colour­ful cafe with DIY themes was founded with the goal of cre­at­ing a kid-friendly hang­out for par­ents to en­joy a cof­fee and a pas­try while their chil­dren play like princes and princesses. All in all, May is shap­ing up to be a merry month, with the heat start­ing to loosen its grip on the streets of Suva and our hearts start­ing to warm up for the joys of Moth­ers Day. Sons and daugh­ters, get your aprons ready and Dad, start prep­ping your menus. On the sec­ond Sun­day of the month, we hope to see our mums on the couch, with their feet propped up and their homes full of love.

editor@mail­ife.com.fj @jkalouniv­iti Cover: Photo by Jason Chute www.ja­sonchutepho­tog­ra­phy.com

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