A LAUTOKA restaurant owner has established an office for the blind and visually-impaired people of Lautoka.
Pacific Fried Chicken director Kishore Chetty said he hoped to entice other businesses in the Sugar City to implement similar programs.
"Some members of the United Blind Persons of Fiji visited my restaurant one day and mentioned they were looking for a place to hold their meetings, so I immediately offered my business," he said.
"After some discussion, I have decided to give them the space to hold meetings one Sunday every month and I have also made a commitment to provide them meals when they meet and also provide employment as well."
Rakesh Chand, a visually impaired advocate for the blind, said the opportunity provided by Mr Chetty was commendable.
"We thank him for his generosity," he said.
Close to 20 visually-impaired people gathered at the restaurant for the launch of the 2013 Western Division White Cane Awareness Program on Saturday.
Lautoka-Ba-Tavua special administrator Praveen Bala said the Lautoka City Council welcomed the opportunity to assist people living with disabilities by being at the forefront of advocacy and awareness programs.