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Koini Vakaloloma visits a local orphanage


When alarming figures came to light showing that Fiji has one of the world's highest suicide rates, Koini Elesi Vakaloloma - Miss Fiji 2012 - knew she wanted to help raise awareness of mental health issues in her country.

Already a mental health advocate, Koini has made regular visits to meet sufferers and hear their stories, and is also championing the education of children in high schools and orphanages about the mental health issues they might face.

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Now she's determined to raise enough money to open Fiji's first Respite Centre, providing shelter for the homeless, sex workers, transgender individuals and those in need of mental health care. It's hoped that such a centre would help to lower the cases of suicide in the island nation.

As part of her campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues - and reduce the stigma associated with mental conditions - Koini's been active in helping organise and serve a lunch for psychiatric patients at one of Fiji's Mental Health Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and has been teaching art to those who have struggled with mental health-related issues in the past.

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During the recent devastating floods that destroyed two of Fiji's towns and affected thousands of lives, Koini got involved in the preparation and delivery of flood relief supplies to the many homeless citizens.

An animal lover, Koini also champions rescue shelters for neglected animals and has three of her own rescues at home - a dog called Sina and two cats called Coco and Milo.

Koini is the 2012 Miss World contestant for Fiji.

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