Ravoka to advocate on NCDs at festival

2018 Vodafone Tebara Carnival contestant, Miss Professional Security Services Laisani Ravoka during the FBC Mirchi FM Bollywood and Talent night at Syria Park in Nausori on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

ADVOCATING on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at this year’s 2018 Vodafone Tebara Carnival is all for one reason. Twenty-one-year-old Laisani Ravoka, who is sponsored by Professional Security Services at this year’s carnival at Syria Park in Nausori, lost her mum to NCDs in 2014.

The Ra native from the village of Mataveikai in the district of Tokaimalo said that was her main reason for advocating on NCDs.

“This year I am advocating on non-communicable diseases since my mother was a victim of NCDs,” she said.

“That is the whole reason why I chose this topic to advocate on and also to let the public aware of the effects and feelings of losing someone to NCDs. “The cause of NCDs is not only in the diet or eating habits, but one of the causes too is air pollution which links to the whole (festival) theme itself, ‘Our Environment Our Future’.”

She said while she would be advocating on NCDs, she was hoping to find ways to gather solutions to air pollution. “Reducing air pollution is affecting our environment and also the theme itself,” she said.

She added her family had encouraged her to join this year’s carnival.

“Behind all of this is my family, they had pushed me to take part,” she added. “Now I want to be the voice for the voiceless.”

Ms Ravoka is the youngest of seven siblings.

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