IN an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of the family unit in Fiji, Hibiscus Festival's youngest king contestant Gregory Ravoi has joined the festival with the aim to inspire.
Speaking to this newspaper yesterday, Mr Ravoi said growing up in a broken family allowed him to realise the importance of family.
"Somewhere between leaving high school and where I am now, I realised that it doesn't matter where you come from, you can become whatever you want to become no matter what your childhood was," the 20-year-old said.
"So I am using the Hibiscus platform to show other kids out there who grew up just like me that even if you think your family isn't complete, or isn't perfect, that shouldn't hold you back from becoming whatever you want to be, there is hope."
Mr Ravoi, who studies at USP and is a second-year student pursuing a degree in politics and journalism, said the Hibiscus Festival platform provided an important boost for him and he hopes to be able to help others take advantage of that.