The impressive job carried out by the Fiji Corrections Service in maintaining cemetery sites around the country was highlighted and recognised this morning during a handing over ceremony at the Chinese Cemetery in Suva.
As a token of appreciation for the effort, the Chinese Association of Fiji donated equipment including a brush cutter, shovels, spades and forks to assist the Fiji Corrections Service in successfully carrying out their responsibilities.
President of the Chinese Association of Fiji, Jenny Seeto while handing over the equipments to the Commissioner of Corrections, Commander Francis Kean, said they were grateful for the improvement carried out to the degraded pavilion house (kiosk) and the construction of steps from the Chinese Cemetery entrance, to ensure the safety of those visiting the site.
“The Fiji Corrections Service has done a good job in renovating the degraded pavilion house and they have put steps on the entrance to improve our safety. It used to be a challenge for ball bearers during funerals as it was usually hard and slippery,” Ms Seeto said.
“There are two formal days in a year that we visit the grave site to pay our respect apart from private occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries and again we are always thankful to FCS for always keeping this place spotless. The grass is always cut and the area well maintained creating a friendly environment for all of us.”
Ms Seeto said that they are looking forward to their continuous partnership with the Fiji Corrections Service.
Commander Francis Kean acknowledged the Chinese Association of Fiji for their donation and continuous support towards FCS.
He said the donation would greatly assist FCS and those under its care in maintaining the site.
“We want to ensure that we have a place where family could come; a visiting place for the elderly and relatives coming in to visit their loved ones,” the Commissioner said.