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Hibiscus inspiration

Torika Chandra
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IT was an emotional visit to the Fiji Corrections Services yesterday for the Queen and King contestants of the 2014 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

The group was given a tour of the men and women's corrections facilities and spent time to know the inmates.

For Miss FBC Rosalia Ralulu, the experience at the facility was an inspiring one.

"I could relate to them instantly. Some of the women were as young as my sister and some were old enough to be my mum," Miss Ralulu said.

"Despite their situation, they continuously held on to the positives. I was inspired and touched by each and every single one of them."

She said while the inmates might have looked forward to their visit, it was the contestants who left with life-long lessons they hope to impart to people around them.

"They have such positive attitudes. I asked some of them how they get through what they go through and they said that it was only God.

"These women remain positive and work and develop the talents that they have to keep going."

The contestants were also treated to a morning tea and danced with officers before having lunch at iCrave.

Last night, the Queens were publicly judged on their sarong wear, a new category introduced in this year's festival.

Police stepped up security in and around the Capital City yesterday as people flocked to Albert Park to enjoy the rides and varieties of food being sold at the stalls.

Parents have been urged to monitor the whereabouts of their children.

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