TC Winston

Vula happy to be back home

Nacavanadi, Savusavu native, Leading Seaman of the HMAS Canberra Tevita Vula says he is happy to be back home to see how the country is recovering after Tropical Cyclone Winston.  Mr Vula is part of the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra relief operation team who were assigned to help the island of Koro in the Lomaiviti […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 17, 2016 10:58 am

Nacavanadi, Savusavu native, Leading Seaman of the HMAS Canberra Tevita Vula says he is happy to be back home to see how the country is recovering after Tropical Cyclone Winston. 

Tevita Vula. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Tevita Vula. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Mr Vula is part of the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra relief operation team who were assigned to help the island of Koro in the Lomaiviti Group.

VULA: “I am so excited to be back and to see how you guys doing, check on you guys and also stregthen the relationships and also to say hello.”

He said that it was an honor for him to offer his assistance during the TC Winston recovery operations.

VULA: “I had an opportuinity to Koro island, one of the worst areas affected. It was really touching to see how bad it actually was. There were no leaves of any of the trees, you would have seen some of the photos and you’ll be able to see how destructive that cyclone was. It was really touching of how we could help out. Being a Fijian, it was really a good honor to go out there and help the way we could.”

Mr Vula said the operation has made a huge impact on him and his career.

VULA: “For me personally coming over for cyclone Winston and helping with the operation in Fiji has been a huge impact on my navy carrer and for me being in the navy for eleven years it has been a huge impact on me.”

“My father is Fijian and to tell my Dad that I was able to come and contribute into helping people rebuilding their lives back together, their houses back together. It’s one of the impact and one of the highlights in my carrrer.”

He also acknowledged the effort of the Fiji 7s team for making history at the Rio Olympics by winning a Gold medal for the country.

VULA: “I was so happy when Fiji won and we were all watching in the ship. It’s so fantastic that Fiji had won that gold.”

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