Refereeing has change Paula's life.
07 October, 2009
The 'Margin Gospels' from the Minimum Security Prison, perfoming at the Sukuna Park, during the Fiji Police Force
“I am thankful to the Yellow Ribbon Programme through the Commissioner of Prisons, Frank Boivert and the Fiji Rugby Union for allowing me to learn refereeing – this has changed my life.”
These grateful words were uttered by inmate and part-time rugby union referee Paula Rusiate at the Yellow Ribbon Outreach programme at Sukuna Park, yesterday (Wednesday October 07).
Inmate Rusiate was one of many inmates and former inmates who took part in the outreach programme in the Fiji Police Force Youth for Jesus Crusade.
The part-time referee who was part of a group of 18 inmates was taught refereeing by Mr Frank Boivert through the Yellow Ribbon Programme.
Occasionally on Saturdays Paula Rusiate joins fellow inmate Aporosa Nalima to officiate at rugby matches in the Suva and Nasinu Rugby Associations.
Nasinu Prison Case Management Officer Watisoni Nino said that since the Paula Rusiate has learned refereeing there has been improvement in his behavior.
“The changes in Paula has been tremendous, he has show exemplary leadership qualities.
“He was the platoon commander for his dormitory that won our foot-drill competition last week,” Prison Officer Nino said.
Currently another 10 inmates at Nasinu Prison are under the tutelage of Mr Boivert.
The Fiji Police Force invited the Fiji Prisons and Corrections Services (FPCS) to participate in the crusade as s part of the FPCS Yellow Ribbon Month.
The Fiji Prisons and Corrections Services will be holding a one day seminar for a 100 inmates at the Naboro Corrections Academy on Thursday October 8, where they will be allowed to make critical comments on how they perceived the Yellow Ribbon Project.
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