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A role model to youths

Torika Chandra
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JOSH Valentine wants to be a role model for the youths of tomorrow.

And in entering the 2014 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival, the 31-year-old hopes he can be a good role model, advocating on issues faced by Pacific youths.

"I want to find practical solutions to environmental lifestyles and socio-economic problems," the graphic designer said.

"Last month, I lost my best friend to cancer. Seeing how she had been very vocal regarding issues faced by younger generations and Fijians as a whole compelled me to stand up and be counted.

"She always encouraged me to selflessly devote myself to doing things for others and expect nothing in return."

Mr Valentine said he did not have a problem speaking his mind when it came to issues concerning Fijians. "If it's within my jurisdiction, especially if it concerns the disadvantaged and underprivileged in the society.

"I'm a fitness freak. I always encourage my friends to live an active lifestyle because I believe that exercise has many benefits. I also always try to motivate people and help them reach their full potential, and to bring them up if they're feeling down."

He said his passion for issues concerning and affecting Fijians such as global warming leading to sea level rise would make him a great Hibiscus King. "This is the best platform to stand up and advocate what I feel is close to my heart."

Mr Valentine lists his parents his most prized-possession — his pillars of strength and motivation. He is heavily involved in his church charity and compassion group.

His hobbies include working out in the gym, playing guitar, debating and travelling.

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