Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
Friday, 7th October 2011, Suva: Led by the Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mrs Saipora Mataikabara, the Ministry paid a visit to the children of Happy Home at Richards Road on Friday, 7th October 2011, and presented them with gifts as part of the Independence Day celebrations. In line with government's wish to include the children as part of the Independence Day celebrations, Ms Mataikabara spoke to the children about the “significance of Fiji Day celebrations and its objective of achieving future possibilities and hopes.
“Fiji today is looking to you the young people and children because you are the key to having a unified Fiji tomorrow. It is through instilling understanding and mutual respect from a young age that one can aspire to building a better country tomorrow”.
Ms. Mataikabara gave her motherly encouragement saying “this is not the end of the road. Despite whatever factors that resulted in your presence here, I am here to tell you that this could be a new beginning for you. There is always a better tomorrow if you have faith and put your mind to achieve your goals in life and no one can stop you. You must remember that some of the greatest people in history have overcome adversity to achieve remarkable things. We all have the potential to be great but only if we work towards it. As such, I urge you to be devoted to your studies or activities you may be involved in at the Home. It is through this that you can have another chance at improving your life in the future. Take what you have learned and put it to good use. Leave behind what isn’t helpful and bring forward with the lessons learnt your greatest invention ever- your LIFE.”
The Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation acknowledged also the Department of Social Welfare's guiding and teaching the children to become better citizens.
The speech was followed by the presentation of gifts provided by the National Day Organizing Committee (NDOC) Secretariat followed by an afternoon tea and singing by the children and the Foreign Affairs staff.
(Speech may be downloaded here)
(Photo caption: Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ms Saipora Mataikabara presents the gifts to the children and Social Welfare staff)
(more photos available here)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji