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.
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