Spirit of giving

Fred Wesley | Wednesday, December 20, 2017
AS we count down the days to Christmas Day on December 25, celebrations are surely going to lift a notch.

It is a bit of a tradition that people will celebrate this festive season, albeit for different reasons.

For some, the long weekend, which effectively starts on Friday night and ends on Tuesday night, will be an opportunity to unwind, and be with family and friends. For some, it is an opportunity to enjoy four days away from work.

Some will kick off everything else and drown themselves in alcohol and there will be thousands who will use the opportunity to become tourists.

Many will hit our beaches and waterways.

There will be planned excursions, picnics and day trips.

There will be people at work though.

They ensure the processes and systems that enable our nation to churn on are kept rolling.

There are families who may have a loved one who is very sick, or perhaps they are not well-off and are unable to enjoy the occasion.

In the face of all the joy and happiness are people who will give up something for others to enjoy themselves, especially those less fortunate.

The Foundation for the Education of Needy Children Fiji received a boost of $9120.68 from the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji office in Suva yesterday.

WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Viola Lesi said her organisation recognised the effort and the work the FENC Fiji office did in making a difference to underprivileged children.

"We have similarities and that is we deal with children who are in need of our support," she said.

FENC Fiji representative Dwain Qalovaki said the monetary assistance was timely.

For many engaged in such events and bodies, it is really about giving something back to society.

This is what Christmas Day is all about.

It is a joyous occasion that should be celebrated.

As the biblical wise men from the East gave gifts to baby Jesus, there is an appreciation of joy and selfless giving at this time.

It is encouraging to see organisations and people reaching out to assist the less fortunate.

In their various little ways, they are enforcing the notion that there are many good people around us.

That should motivate us.

It should encourage us to be good people.

It should empower us to show concern for others and love one another.

We acknowledge all those who have given up their time, and effort to come to the aid of others, and hope they will continue to be shining lights in our lives.

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