Stationery drive for underprivileged children

Vasenai Lauta is embraced by her daughter Vivien Ruci, 11, at their tent during the Suva ROC market yesterday. Vasenai Lauta runs the Na i Nuinui Trust which operates a school stationery drive for disadvantaged kids around the country. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

AS Fijians are busy planning for their Christmas celebration next week, Vasenai Lauta is keeping herself occupied with a stationery drive for underprivileged children.

Ms Lauta was among the many vendors who were present at yesterday’s monthly ROC Market in Suva.

Operating under the Nuinui Trust Fund, Ms Lauta and her team — comprising her nephews and nieces — have been a source of hope for many unfortunate children for the past five years.

Yesterday, they spent the day selling pastries and pre-loved shoes and clothes at the ROC Market to raise funds to purchase school stationery that would be given to unfortunate children at the beginning of school next year.

“Funds raised from the sale of goods donated to us by kind Samaritans are used to buy stationery for these unfortunate children,” she said.

“Last year we managed to buy stationery for 60 children and we are targeting to assist more children next year. “The fund is operated by me and my small helpers — my nephews and children.” Those wishing to assist Ms Lauta in supporting unfortunate children during the next school year can contact her on 9649553.

Meanwhile, Suva ROC Market organiser Alana Kalounisiga said the turnout at yesterday’s market event was great. The Suva ROC Market is held on the third Sunday of every month.

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