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Group gives gifts to kids and elderly

Luke Rawalai
Friday, December 20, 2013

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Vasemaca Ralaca of Nawailevu Village was excited yesterday to receive her gift from the XINFA Bauxite Mining Group.

She was among 80 students in the village who received free school bags from the company.

In her Nawailevu dialect, she shyly told her excited friends that she could not wait any longer to receive "my gift".

The mining group also presented foodstuff including flour, sugar, soya bean oil and Christmas-themed attire to the elderly in the village.

A teary-eyed Sereima Ratu, 84, said the gift from the company would be the best Christmas gift she received this year.

The widow said she was grateful to be included in the list of those being visited by company officials this year.

Ms Ratu said Christmas was about celebration and festive events that mostly involved young people.

But to be visited by staff members from the company this year, she said, was something special that it lifted their spirits.

Group executive director Sang Lei said as part of a community outreach program for Nawailevu and surrounding villages, they issued food packs worth about $8000 to 30 elderly people.

"We are delivering around 500 school bags to children of Nawailevu and other surrounding villages as part of our gift to them," he said.

"These schools in the Dreketi, Nawailevu, and Lekutu areas will also receive computer packages, which will include printers and scanners to the value of $20,000.