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Living her dream

Salaseini Vosamana
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

TWENTY-four-year-old Ravneet Chand of Seaqaqa in Macuata is living her dreams after being selected to represent Fiji at the 25th Ship for World Youth program in Japan this year.

Ms Chand is among nine other delegates from Fiji chosen to be part of the global assembly in the Asian country on January 23.

The one-month trip is aimed at establishing networks and promoting joint activities among youths throughout the world.

Yesterday, her friends and invited guests gathered at the Horse Shoe eatery in Labasa for morning tea to raise funds for her trip.

She said she was looking forward to meeting delegates from other countries to learn their culture and way of life.

"I am really fortunate to be part of this world tour as this is my first trip abroad," Ms Chand said.

"One of my friends who was also chosen to represent Fiji some years back told me about the trip last year and encouraged me to apply. I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and a chance to travel."

Ms Chand thanked her family and guardians, Helen Chang and Charlie Chow for their undying support.

She is also appealing to the northern community for financial support.

The president for the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association Fiji, Patrick Morgam, said Ms Chand was the only delegate chosen from the north.

"We are happy to have her on board and we trust she will learn a lot from her colleagues," Mr Morgam said.

"A total of 10 youths from Fiji will be travelling to Japan to join 280 delegates from around the globe for this program."

The assembly will feature the participation of delegates from Bahrain, Chile, Costa Rica, Kenya, New Zealand and Turkey.