The Rise Of The Wheel Barrow Boy Tevita Rakai
In 2004, at the age of 14 and into the first term of school, a third former at Fiji LDS Church College in Suva, Tevita Rakai’s world came crashing to the ground. His father was jailed for six years, he and his three other siblings lived with relatives in Suva, whilst his mother lived back in the village and heavily pregnant. Upon discussions with his siblings, it was decided that Tevita would leave school immediately and begin a career of wheel barrow boy at the Suva Market by day and BBQ stand operator by night. This was done so they could survive. He was the second of four children at the time, so the responsibility fell on him to support his other siblings to complete their education.
Mr Rakai’s continued to do this into his 20’s and then began to do casual labourers work during the day whilst still maintaining his love of the BBQ Stand operation. “I’ve struggled a lot throughout my life, but I worked hard wherever I worked and a Supervisor with Concrete Solutions noticed me. From then on, I learnt through experience and have never looked back.”
Today, he is a Concreter for Concrete Solutions, working in several on going Nadi Projects for the company. He was emotional when he added: “This job with Concrete Solutions, has given me security as I now am 28-years-old and have a wife and young son in Class 2. “I’m also happy about finally being able to have my FNPF deductions for our future and most of all the new skill sets I’ve acquiring from this role as a Concreter.” Mr Rakai’s owns one of the best and longest serving BBQ night stands in Nadi and has two employees who work for him every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, operating opposite the Nadi Market.
Source: PBS/ Fiji Sun 31 May, 2018