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Spring gives the less fortunate a voice

Atasa Moceituba
Monday, July 21, 2014

CONSCIENTIOUS, reliable and adaptable are the three words that best describes Fanifau Victoria Lee Spring.

Sponsored by Fiji Sun, Ms Spring hopes to use this year's Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival to advocate for better child protection measures.

The 21-year-old hails from the island of Kiribati and has maternal links to Kadavu.

Ms Spring told The Fiji Times she regards her family and friends as the most important things in her life.

She loves helping people, especially children, and hopes to set up an orphanage to help children that are in need.

When asked why she wanted to join the festival this year, she said she was passionate about Fiji and the Fijian way of life, adding it was a great opportunity for her to advocate issues relevant to the Pacific community and to fight for human rights.

"I am passionate about the rights of people, especially with regards to being able to maintain at least a basic standard of living. It saddens me to see children who often cannot find the means to support themselves if they are left without parents or suffer similar troubles.

"I would love to be able to be a part of this. If I can contribute towards helping needy people and have fun, then Hibiscus is an opportunity not to be missed."

During her leisure time, Miss Spring enjoys reading, singing, playing the guitar or going for a swim.

"I also enjoy Polynesian dancing and fire dancing, which I see as a celebration of my native culture, and something that keeps it alive in these modern times of international integration."

Ms Spring is studying human resource management at FNU.

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