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7s representatives on Yellow Ribbon mission

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, June 07, 2012

FIJI sevens rugby players Joji Ragamate and Niko Verekauta are part of the team from the Fiji Corrections Service creating awareness in the highlands of Navosa.

The Fiji Corrections Service is educating the public on its role in the successful integration of an offender, with the gist of the message being delivered by the team is making the right decisions in life.

This is an effort by the department to deter people from going to prison, said FCS spokeswoman Ana Tamani.

Spending time in prison is time wasted-away from your families, opportunities and loved ones.

Thats what were trying to tell people.

So its important that people, especially youths, dont follow the wrong crowd or go down the wrong path, she said.

Both Verekauta and Ragamate challenged students of Navosa that if they can make a name for themselves, others can do it too. Yellow Ribbon co-ordinator, Chief Corrections Officer Savenaca Baleiwai said the response from the communities visited so far had been overwhelmingly positive.

The people here are appreciative of the efforts of the department to bring about awareness here and we are being well received, Mr Baleiwai said.

The team has visited Nukuilau Seventh Day Adventist congregation, Namataku District School, Noikoro District, Navosa Central College, Korolevu and Nukuilau villages and the congregation at Tubarua Assemblies of God and Navatumali Methodist.

Ms Tamani said the FCS wanted to discourage people from coming into correction centres.

Without community support, we cannot achieve what the government has mandated for us to reduce recidivism by 25 per cent come 2014, she said.


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