Raymond Anthony Fernando's letter to The New Paper: Kudos to Jade Rasif
My letter to The New Paper on the above subject is published today, Wed 25th Oct 2013, on page 25.
In the report, “Proud of who I am” (TNP October 23) The New Paper New Face first runner-up Jade Rasif is shown to display tremendous courage despite facing adversities in her life.
When we are faced with huge challenges in life, we can either throw in the towel or we can learn to build our inner strength to overcome the odds stacked up againts us.
Jade Rasif has done exceptionally well in turning her life around with sheer determination and tenacity. She needs our support.
The alleged wrongdoings of her father, David Rasif should not in any way put Jade in bad light.
In cyberspace, I have seen nasty comments used to humiliate, demean and hurt innocent people.
If we are going to build a gracious and caring society, this is not the way to go. Instead, we should emails and the Internet for all the right reasons– to lift the human spirit.
Coping with disabilities is really tough and although Jade suffers from dyslexia – a reading disorder,– the undergrad has turned her disability into strength and is hoping to pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology.
Most certainly, having gone through the trials and tribulations of her dyslexia, this gungho lady can make a healthy contribution in the field she has opted for.
They say love conquers all, and the love which her mother gives will pull her through any crisis. For love, understanding and support can easily transform lives.
I wish Jade all the very best in her studies and everything she hopes to achieve. Perhaps, one day, she could write a novel to give encouragenment and hope to those who are struggling with disabilities.
Because every one of us has a book inside of us.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO