Making safety our concern

Fred Wesley | Monday, December 18, 2017
We are well into the festive season now, with Christmas Day looming.
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

There will definitely be a lot of merrymaking, joy, fun and laughter.

There will be a lot of travelling by road, sea and air to various destinations around the country.

As we indulge in the festivities associated with Christmas, we have to remind ourselves about the importance of safety issues.

This is one holiday season thousands of Fijians look forward to annually.

There are many reasons attached to that.

Different people have different reasons for celebrating this special holiday.

Despite our religious beliefs, we all enjoy Christmas in our own special ways.

We are now counting down the days to another Christmas Day and a brand new year.

As we prepare to enjoy the Christmas break, let us remember there are many Fijians who are struggling to make ends meet.

Some do not have enough to eat and some have no roof they can call their own over their heads.

In such times, the spirit and resilience of the people have always stood out though.

Remember, there are people who will be at work over the festive season including members of the security forces, security guards, corrections service, journalists, hotel staff, all those who work in our hospitals and health centres around the country, LTA staff, DISMAC, supermarket cashiers and staff members and public service vehicle drivers.

Perhaps we could try to make this period a source of national unity.

Let us renew our commitment to live a happy and healthy life and let us try to be active and be conscious of health issues.

Let us spare a thought for the less fortunate.

Let us make an effort to put a smile on the faces of the less privileged, and offer warmth and love.

The spirit of Christmas is about giving.

As we go about our plans today, remember accidents happen.

They happen because we allow them to.

If you plan to be on the road over the Christmas break, please stick to our road rules.

Plan to arrive safely at your destination, on time, and most importantly, alive.

Please stay alert. Be considerate and aware of the fact that there are many other road users.

For all those who will be converging on our many beaches and waterways, let us be vigilant.

Let us be mindful of water safety and keep our loved ones in sight.

Let us work together to end 2017 on a good note.

Safety should be our concern.

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