National volleyball skipper leads community service
23 October, 2016, 12:00 am
IT was time-off from training yesterday morning for seven players in the national men’s volleyball team as they took part in community service.
Led by Fiji White’s captain Makiti Raratabu, the players joined the Kinoya Volleyball Community Youth Network in cleaning up the Father Law Home compound and its surroundings.
Another key part of the campaign was to change the image of youths who live in Kinoya.
“We came here today because we wanted a new start for our club and it has been a while since we’ve had anything like this for the youths of Kinoya. We thought this would be a great opportunity to do something good for the community and continue on from there,” Raratabu said.
Group convenor Rosa Dalituicama, also a former Kulawai rep said, they had in the past few weeks been working with the Valelevu Police Station and Nasinu Town Council to organise “Clean-Up Kinoya” activities for the purpose of raising awareness on the importance of a clean environment.
“This culminated with a group clean-up on Saturday October 1 all over Kinoya,” Dalituicama said.
“Today, the seven players who are part of the Kinoya Sector 3 Youth Group will “embark on its most ambitious project yet and that is to clean Father Law Home in Lami.”
“With this, the group also donated a washing machine for the home, one that we have been silently fundraising for.
“As youths representing a community renowned for crime, I believe we all have a duty of care to mould young lives for the better, one campaign at a time.
“It’s really for me using volleyball as an empowerment tool; we’re so very proud of our boys for all they’ve achieved thus far for next week’s championship,” Dalituicama added.
The players from Kinoya in the national teams are: Joape Tokalauvere – middle; Peter Jeremiahs – middle; Epeli Nawalu – setter; Rupeni Cokomata – power; Makiti Raratabu – middle; Sakiusa Naivana – utility and Timoci Buasara – libero.
Tokalauvere will lead the Fiji Blue , Jeremiahs will lead Fiji Red while Raratabu leads the main Fiji white team.