Editorial comment – Reaching out

Youths of the Sathya Sai Service enjoying the day with specially abled kids during their annual fun day at Novotel Hotel Convention Centre in Lami. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

YESTERDAY children living with special needs and those diagnosed with cancer were hosted to a fun day at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Convention Centre.

The event was organised by the Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji.

These are special little kids who face obstacles daily.

Yet in the face of this gloomy outlook, which can sometimes be overwhelming, they have to live with their predicament.

For many of them, the years have been tough.

Their early start to life hasn’t been a bed of roses.

They still bravely face the harsh reality of their lives, and with the support of their parents and guardians and family, they bravely face the world and all it has in store for them.

Days such as yesterday are like beacons of hope for them.

It allows them a slight reprieve in their lives.

It allows them to feel the warmth and love of others, and to be appreciated by people who care.

It is an opportunity to meet up with other children their age and who are going through life’s woes just like them.

In a way, it acts as a sort of calming effect, allowing them to appreciate the fact that they are not alone in their battles.

The Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji’s young adults co-ordinator, Rahul Prasad, said they had been hosting the event for the past 12 years.

“This day is dedicated to all children living with special needs and we just want to host them to a day of fun activities and food,” he said.

“We want them to come here and mix with other children and make new friends because most of the time they are confined to their homes.

“These children need to be shown love and they should know that we care for them.”

Fiji Society for the Blind matron Kristiana Turaga brought her six boarding students.

“Every year we always look forward to this fun day, especially our children,” she said.

More than 100 children from WOWS Kids Fiji, Gospel School of Deaf, Fiji Society for the Blind and the St Christopher’s Home were part of the fun day yesterday.

Such organisations deserve acknowledgement.

They show our caring side.

Perhaps, it is apt as well to once again raise the issue of early detection for childhood cancer.

Remember, in the face of all that is frightening about cancer, sits a positive aspect – early detection.

It can save our children.

This is why we must be proactive, understand and be aware of cancer symptoms.

Acknowledgment is due for the Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji and all other bodies reaching out to assist others in society.

Thank you.

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