SENIOR citizens in the country will be recognised for their lifelong contributions during a special New Year's celebration on Monday organised by the government.
The special New Year's celebration will be officially opened by His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at the Senior Citizens Park in Thurston Gardens in Suva. It is also designed to raise awareness on government's programs for senior citizens.
"The ministry is proud to host this celebration next week, which will see participation of senior citizens all over Fiji including the social welfare recipients to join this celebration," Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Doctor Jiko Luveni said.
"The event will provide a platform for the senior citizens to learn about Fiji's Ageing Policy (2011 to 2015) and information on government's assistance to benefit senior citizens next year. It will also create national awareness on the need to keep senior citizens socially engaged in everyday life."
The one-day event will also provide information on Social Pension Scheme for senior citizens (70 years and above), free health screenings, electronic voter registration for senior citizens and information and Registration on Public Service Commission (PSC) Volunteer Service Scheme.