Pacific TAFE students serve the children from Dilkusha Home in Nausori.
Twenty (20) Cookery and Hospitality students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) provided breakfast services at Dilkusha and St. Christopher’s Children’s Homes as part of the Fiji Day celebrations on 10 October 2017.
The students travelled to the two Homes with staff from the Pacific Fusion Restaurant, including Ms Parijata Moeava, Mr Pasirio Kitione, Mr Kostino Low and
Mr Jone Ledua together with Mr Hamish McCracken, Head of Pacific TAFE’s College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality.
According to Mr McCracken, the experience was a worthwhile one for everyone who went and said that they would like to involve more students from Pacific TAFE in future.
He highlighted that the general feedback from students was about how much they enjoyed being involved in providing the service and added that, “I loved seeing our students interact with the kids at the home and how proud they were of their work.”
“The kids seem to get a huge buzz from the experience and I left with a renewed thankfulness for what I have and that went for all of the staff and students I spoke to as well,” Mr McCracken said.
He thanked Dilkusha and St Christopher’s Homes’ staff and children for their warm welcome which he said brought smiles to the students and staff of Pacific TAFE.
“For us this was the chance to acknowledge a group that is often very quiet and easy to overlook. On the national day, our children and our youth should be our most important focus and this is something that we must absolutely believe in as educators,” Mr McCracken highlighted.
He added that such people are the unnoticed future of the country and to provide them with such service on Fiji Day is something to be proud of.
He encouraged other organisations to dedicate days such as this to the less fortunate and said that their experience is a testament that a lot more could be done to give back to such people.
Jovesa Tuwai who is undertaking Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations said that it was an emotional visit and at the same time an overwhelming experience as this was his first time to visit Dilkusha Home.
“It was so emotional to see the young kids and the joy brought to their face after we served them the breakfast,” Jovesa said.
Jovesa, who is originally from Ba, thanked Mr Kitione and staff of Pacific Fusion Restaurant for taking the initiative.
Commercial cookery students were at the training kitchen at the Laucala Campus as early as 4am to prepare breakfast which included, roast chicken, sausage roll, vegetable pizza, cassava cake, egg omelette, chocolate cake, and fruits.
The breakfast service was possible due to kind sponsorship of Punja & Sons Ltd, Anchor Fonterra New Zealand and Tebara Meats who generously supplied the ingredients.
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