RESIDENTS of the Babasiga Ashram in Labasa were in a jovial and cheerful mood when officials from the Ministry of Works and their family members visited them yesterday.
It was part of the ministry's community outreach to the less fortunate in society.
Apart from just cracking jokes with the residents, some of the visitors cleaned up the compound while the others dried beddings in the sun.
Divisional engineer works northern George Tavo said this was a social obligation towards the disadvantaged people in society.
"Our children, spouses and other family members all took part in the clean- up activity," he said.
"We are delighted to be lending a helping hand to the ashram officials and we know that our visit has brought smiles and relief to the senior citizens.
"This is a national community work and we usually have it every year. Our officials also contributed towards the purchasing of some groceries and clothes for the residents."
Mr Tavo said the activity was also an opportunity to strengthen team-bonding among them.
"At the end of the day, it's a relief to bring smiles to the residents as most of them are neglected by their very own loved ones."
Ashram staff members conveyed their gratitude to the ministry for the kind gesture.