The Powerade National Torch Relay with Digicel started today when one of Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji’s long serving staff Sainimili Vakacegu was given the honor to light the Coca-Cola Games torch.
60-year-old Vakacegu from Naimasimasi village, Tailevu has been working at Coca-Cola for 39 years and this September marks her 40th year where she is also thinking of retiring.
The mother of four was emotional when lighting the games torch and launched the relay before it departed to different schools.
Vakacegu says this seals a perfect journey in her working career and she wished that her husband was still alive to witness this moment.
Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji Marketing Manager Lawrance Tikaram says they want to take a different approach and inspire young people about the game.
Tikaram adds that Vakacegu has inspired them to be an inspiration to others.
He adds that this event will start the excitement for the old scholars and those living in the interior about the biggest secondary school athletics meet in the world.
Fiji Secondary School Athletics Ogarnizer Vuli Waqa believes this year’s games will be go to another level especially for the western schools.
The torch was taken to Nasinu Secondary, Assemblies of God High School, Basden College and LDS College earlier today.
It will stop over at Ballantine Memorial School at 3.30pm.
The Coca-Cola Games will be held from the 20th to the 22nd of next month at the ANZ Stadium.