Northerners celebrate Senior Citizen Week

Members of the public in Labasa join the Fiji Senior Citizens Week march in Labasa this morning. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

THE slight drizzle that fell over Labasa Town this morning failed to dampen the spirit of the public in Labasa as they marched through the town area to mark the Fiji Senior Citizen Week celebrations.

Members of the public were joined by senior citizens and residents of the Labasa Golden Age Home who rode in a minibus proceeding with the march from Naseakula to the home.

Officiating at the celebrations Tui Macuata, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere said the date of the celebration was identified by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation with the Fiji National Council of Older Persons.

Ratu Wiliame said the United Nations International Day of Older Persons was celebrated annually on October 1 to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affected their lives.

“The day aims to promote rights of older persons under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, raise the visibility of older people, reflect of progress and challenges in ensuring full and equal enjoyment of human rights and engaging broad audiences mobilising people for human rights at all stages of life,” he said.

“Old age is a fate that awaits us all.”

This year’s celebrations is themed ‘Celebrating older human rights champions’.

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