‘Honour and respect your father, mother’

Vodafone Sugar Festival Queen Contestants Miss Formscaff Miriam Andrea Manisha Raju (right), Miss Laser Electric Limited Prinal Priyanka Ram, Miss Transtec Fiji Ltd Nilishka Karishma, MissHarmony Security Taliligi Soumalo Delailoa, Miss Lautoka Market Vendors Association Seini Vukivuki, Miss Bargain Box Fiji Ltd Faith Jedidah, Miss Lautoka City Council Payal Prasad, Miss Daniel Signs Salote Taleaua and Miss Wilderness Amusements N Rides Doreen Divya visit the Golden Age Home yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

PAYAL Pritika Prasad’s heart melted when she, along with eight other Vodafone Sugar Festival pageant contestants, visited the Golden Age Home in Natabua yesterday.

Ms Prasad, sponsored by Lautoka City Council, said memories of her late father — Rajendra Prasad — flashed through her mind when she saw the frail and elderly men at the aged-care facility.

“Father’s Day is still very difficult for me because I lost my dad when I was 10 years old,” the 23-year-old University of the South Pacific student shared.

“I would give anything just to share this moment with him, to tell him that I love him and miss him.

“And that’s my message to all the young people today — honour and respect your father and mother while they are still around.

“I learnt the hard way that they will not be with us forever so treasure every moment you have with them and look after them if you are lucky enough to still have them around as they grow old.”

Miss Vodafone Sugar Festival 2018 will be crowned on Saturday night at Churchill Park carnival grounds.

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