The Fiji Times

Lingam fulfils mum’s wish


AS a Form 6 student in Ba, Avinesh Lingam had to sacrifice the chance of pursuing his education because of financial constraint­s. His father worked tirelessly as a driver to make ends meet and Mr Lingam knew he had to give up pursuing an academic life to help his dad support the family.

With his two brothers he did what any considerat­e son would do - find employment to support his family.

For a few years Mr Lingam worked at various MH Supermarke­t branches in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki and was promoted to assistant manager while working in the retail section at the age of 20.

After leaving MH, Mr Lingam went on to work for another company for eight years and it was there that the door of opportunit­y swung open for the Ba lad.

Mr Lingam was offered the opportunit­y to be a special constable with the Fiji Police Force in the West, something that he described with an emotional expression and a soft tone.

He said being presented the chance to work in the force not only allowed him to fulfil his mother’s wish of having one of her sons become a policeman, it also allowed him to become a well determined young man.

After three months of training under the Basic Recruits Course with the Fiji Police Force, Mr Lingam slowly moved up the lines from special constable to police constable — strengthen­ing his career.

Last Friday during the basic recruit passing-out parade at the Vodafone Area, Mr Lingam was among many other special constables who become police constables joining the regular force.

“I can’t control my emotions when I saw my family who travelled from Ba and from Australia to witness this momentous occasion in my life,” he added.

“I had tears in my eyes and I felt a warm feeling inside my heart just seeing the amount of love my family has for me and what I have achieved from the force.

“I have made it through the struggles and the training was hard because I couldn’t see my four-month-old daughter.

“Now she is seven months old and I’m so happy to be able to see her at the passing-out parade.

“All of this was for my family especially for my daughter.

“I have always thought about my daughter’s future and I’m proud to be a policeman who can provide for her.”

He said being the youngest he continuous­ly looked up to his brothers and got sound advice from them daily and he also made sure to uphold the work he was called to do — to serve the people.

“Now my brothers and I provide for our parents and we thank them for their commitment in raising us particular­ly through the tough times.

“I hope to learn more about the law and get more experience in the force and try to move up the ranks. It will require a lot of work which I’m willing to put in so I can be the best.”

Mr Lingam was among the other 239 policemen and policewome­n of the Fiji Police Force 3rd Batch of 2019.

 ?? Picture: JOVESA NAISUA ?? Police Constable Avinesh Lingam with his family after the police pass-out parade at the Vodafone Arena in Suva last Friday.
Picture: JOVESA NAISUA Police Constable Avinesh Lingam with his family after the police pass-out parade at the Vodafone Arena in Suva last Friday.

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