Everyone, persons with disabilities included, can accomplish anything

FNU Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey (right) awards the Student of the Year to winner and FNU alumnus, Iosefa Vukevuke at the Disability Gala Awards 2019. Picture: SUPPLIED

EVERYONE including persons with disabilities is able to accomplish anything they set out to achieve.

Fiji National University (FNU) student Iosefa Vukevuke highlighted this after being announced the Student of the Year winner at the inaugural ‘Disability Gala Awards Nite’ in Suva last weekend.

“I was so proud to win the award. I feel like I have achieved something and that I am recognised for the knowledge and talent that I have,” Mr Vukevuke said.

“My university experience at FNU was very challenging but a positive one as I was given the assistance I needed by those at FNU,” he said.

Mr Vukevuke, 42, who completed his Certificate IV in Music qualification last year at FNU’s Nasinu Campus received his award from FNU vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Healey.

“I continued to work hard to achieve my certificate and received tremendous support from those around me and I did not let my visual impairment stop me,” he said.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers and the United Blinds Person of Fiji for their support and to the Fiji National University for allowing me to enrol into the university.

“I am now continuing my tertiary education and my ambition is to teach children with special needs.

“I want to show everyone that all of us have the talent and abilities we need to achieve anything we dream of.”

Prof Healey announced FNU’s commitment to┬ásponsor┬áthe University Student of the Year award for the next three years.

“It is clear that the Disability Gala Awards Nite is a welcome and long overdue celebration of the achievements of Fijians with disabilities and I applaud Rajnel’s (Prasad) determination for this to become an annual fixture in the national calendar,” Prof Healey said.

As the event organiser, Mr Prasad said he was overwhelmed with the support received, adding they were looking at making the event bigger next year with the possible inclusion of new award categories.

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