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Out of comfort zone

Atasa Moceituba
Friday, August 01, 2014

IT is not just some carnival and beauty pageant. It is an event that allows and encourages young people to come out of their comfort zones and advocate on issues they are concerned with.

It is that time of the year again when Fijian families look forward to one of its annual events — the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival.

For 23-year-old Waisale Tavatuilagi, this is the moment and one of the few opportunities he had been waiting for.

Originally from Nabouciwa, Nakelo in Tailevu, he will be advocating on parental negligence and child abuse at this year's event.

"This is an issue that I experienced and an issue that I'm definitely passionate about. I feel that the public deserves to know about my issue," Mr Tavatuilagi said.

With Climate Change Affecting Human Lives as the theme for this year's festival, Mr Tavatuilagi believes this is an issue that needs the public's full attention.

"I firmly believe this is a subject that has captivated many of us on Earth and is a global issue. It's about time that we let our leaders and our world leaders know that the impact is real and is massive."

He said climate change was real and this was something people should not take for granted.

"We need to take necessary steps to save our environment, our land that we call our home and of course, it begins from the very small things we take for granted."

He said he would be an ambassador for change at this year's festival.

"I'm confident and ready to deliver what I have with me."

Mr Tavatuilagi is sponsored and contests as Mr APCO Coatings.


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