Lice Bulusui, the mother of Fiji's golden boy Iliesa Delana shed tears of joy yesterday when the State announced its commitment to provide a home for the family at the end of the year. The Housing Authority of Fiji confirmed it would build a house specifically for Delana and his family.
When contacted last night, HA chief executive officer Alipate Naiorosui said the Prime Minister's office was still to finalise some documents before an official statement could be released.
Delana, 27, who has been living with the Fatiaki family in Nausori for the past four years was over the moon when approached for an interview yesterday. "I did not expect this," he said. The assistance from the government, he said, would directly influence his preparation for future events.
"As you all know, there is only one track stadium in Fiji, therefore, I will not be worried about living with relatives and friends anymore," Delana said joyfully.
Ms Bulusui shed tears, thanking the Lord for his blessings.
The house will be presented to the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in December who will then hand it over to Delana. The house, to be built on land worth $20,000, will be located at Tacirua East Stage 1 subdivision.
Delana acknowledged the commitment, saying it was a great help and a chance to give people with special needs the recognition they deserved.
Home Finance Company Limited and Amalgamated Telecom Holdings gave $5000 each to Delana. Earlier this week, the State announced a donation of $10,000 each to Delana and his coach, Freddy Fatiaki.
Housing Authority staff and engineers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces will construct a two-bedroom house, to be completed before Christmas this year.
The permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, highlighted that government had been closely following Delana's win in London adding that providing a home for him was a token of appreciation for all his efforts.
"The $50,000 land and house package provided to Delana is a token of appreciation from the Fijian government and from all Fijians for a brave athlete who has overcome numerous adversities to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games," Col. Tikoduadua said.