Char­ity the Key, says Min­is­ter

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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.

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