THE Royal British Legion's Fiji branch recently held a fundraising and membership drive at Suva's Defence Club at which Lance Corporal Derek Derenalagi and his wife Ana were guest speakers.
The event was attended by about 100 guests.
A statement said Mr Derenalagi, a Fijian national serving in the British Army, lost his legs when an anti-tank mine exploded in Afghanistan in 2007.
The couple shared their experiences following the tragic accident.
During his rehabilitation, Mr Derenalagi was inspired to take up athletics while watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
They were grateful to the Legion's Fiji branch for the opportunity to share their story.
Mrs Derenalagi thanked the Royal British Legion in Britain for being supportive to her family during her husband's ordeal, saying the Legion was a safe haven where members could congregate as a family.
Mr Derenalagi is now involved with several charities and gives talks at military rehabilitation centres in Britain.
In his final words, he urged guests not to take life for granted and not to give up. The Fiji branch currently has 74 members.