Friday and the Golden Oldies team ran a range of life skills training workshops at the Cathedral, and St Johns Bible College sponsored the catering for over a 100 people attending.
Last year was the first year such workshops were run, to offer some skills and knowledge transfer to the Fijian community. Last year 2 craft projects ran. This year with +500% increase in numbers registering 8 workshop topics were run. Some being repeated twice due to demand.
Diabetes is a real issue here with one-in-three contracting diabetes and an amputation every 12-hours occurring! Archer Nurse Adele had arranged for Diabetes Fiji to speak at the workshops and these stats he quoted were very sobering.
A real highlight was the health check clinic, that was mandatory for everyone attending. Blood pressure, heart rates and blood-sugars were tested. Even the Archbishop appreciated the testing and was pleased with his pass results. Several people were advised to seek urgent medical follow-up support.
The workshops for life have been one way the Golden Oldies team have been able to give back to the generosity they have received during their week in Fiji.