Charity the Key, says Minister
Charity is a term that not only reflects good deeds, but also spans to acts of care and concern for those in need. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa stressed this point as chief guest at the official opening of the 2019 Bula Festival at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on Saturday.
“Charity reflects in things hardly considered, such as raising the alarm when witnessing domestic violence; informing authorities when you see a child being abused; stopping someone from littering and being there for someone who is emotionally disturbed or getting help for someone who is depressed,” she said.
She said the festival’s theme “Hearts for Charity” was something close to her heart. “Charity is something more than kindness.
“It means tolerance and compassion, a patient sympathy and understanding for others. Unfortunately, charity is an often quoted
but a rarely practised virtue,” Ms Vuniwaqa said. Meanwhile, Nadi Bula Festival Trust member Titilia Vuataki has encouraged members of the public to support the contestants, who she
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa lights the flame officially opening the Nadi Bula Festival at Prince Charles Park on July 27, 2019.