A LAUTOKA youth group gathered at 3am yesterday and undertook a beautification blitz in a bid to surprise residents within their community.
Just as Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, the Natokowaqa Top Line Public Rental Board Youth Network conducted a series of clean ups and whitewashed rocks alongside roads in their community bringing smiles to the residents' faces as the rising sun revealed their handiwork.
Youth group president Ratu Viliame Naulivou said his peers mapped out a work program and executed it in a bid to bring festive cheer and the spirit of Diwali into the Natokowaqa, Top Line and Banaras communities.
"When the community members woke up this morning, they got a big surprise. The community streets were cleaned. Musuniwai Creek, which is normally filled with litter was also cleaned and rocks aligning our streets were whitewashed" Ratu Viliame said.
"The smiles on the people's faces was all the thanks we needed and made our efforts worthwhile," he said.
Ratu Viliame said after some much needed rest and relaxation, the youth group would begin preparing diya to line the streets in their respective communities to celebrate the festival of lights.