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Celebration in honour of elderly

Litia Vulaidausiga
Thursday, July 31, 2014

EID celebrations in Nadi yesterday hightlighted senior citizens and their contribution to national development.

Coming from all walks of life, they gathered at the Nadi Civic Centre and were treated to a luncheon and gift hampers by supporting business houses.

Senior Citizens Day was first marked on such a scale in Nadi in 2007 although scheduled in June, organiser Vineel Nand said he mooted for the celebrations to be marked alongside the holy Muslim festival.

"We wanted to recognise senior citizens who have taken Fiji to greater heights in whatever way they could," he said.

Fiji Muslim League president, Hafiz Khan said Fiji's Muslim population were fortunate to live in a country that espoused peace and co-existence with other races, cultures and religions.

Chief guest at the event, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said it was the collective responsibility of all to ensure that senior citizens were not forgotten.

"We must strive to provide the attention, understanding and support that older Fijians need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity," he encouraged.

Among those at the event was retiree Manjula Devi Singh of Kerebula, Nadi, who attended with her husband.

The 59-year-old is a retired clerical officer and said the event was an opportunity to socialise with her peers and take part in something outside of their daily routine.

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