Let’s make peace – Serevi willing to talk youths out of bloody brawls
17 April, 2021, 4:00 pm
TODAY he is a global sports icon, and the most recognised Fijian in the world, but Waisale Serevi says he has never forgotten his humble beginnings and how he turned to sport to rise above the socio-economic challenges he faced growing up in Nabua, Suva.
The sevens maestro said the events over the past few weeks between Mead Rd housing and Sukanaivalu Rd youths were disappointing, but the focus should now be on reconciliation and finding a purpose for the disenfranchised youths who live there.
Serevi said when the first Nabua rugby 7s team was formed more than 20 years ago, it united the whole community and subsequently the whole country.
And he hopes to do that again in the wake of the brutal and bloody brawls that have happened in a community he once called home.
“My advice to all youths is we need to think about what you want Fiji to be like in the next 10 years,” he said.
“What do you want to leave behind — whoever you are, wherever you are, that is the next important thing you need to ask yourselves.”
Serevi said he was preparing himself to go and speak to the youths in Nabua in the hope of bringing both parties together and to reconcile their differences.
“I ask all youths of Fiji, not only in Nabua, wherever you are — we need to be good citizens for the country because the future is them, it’s the youths and the young kids.
“I believe there is an opportunity for me to come out and speak to the kids and I would love to have the opportunity to do that. “Maybe some of them are not working, some of them don’t have family there to support them.
“I want to encourage them because I was where they are now.
“I was that like 30 years ago.
“I was not in school, but I did not let that bring me down. “I tried to find my own way to get there to the top and I chose to do it through rugby.
“My message to all the youths is this — you have an opportunity to do something positive with your life.
“The last thing you want is to make a choice where you will end up locked in a square room because that is not life.” Serevi was hosted by the students and teachers of Suva Methodist Primary School in Toorak yesterday.