The Minister for Women, Children and Social Protection has been dedicating a great deal of time and effort to promoting a raffle to raise money for her favoured Kadavu rugby club. But the prizes on offer have raised the hackles of a number of our readers who have been shocked that apart from the main prize of a boat and outboard motor, the rest of the goodies are alcohol. “Social protection”? Er, not exactly.
We know from one of the leaked photos from Room 233 of the Windsor Hotel that Lynda Tabuya has a fondness for Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey. It helped fuel her astonishing text exchanges with Aseri Radrodro and their “brutal” sex session that is currently the subject of an official inquiry by the People’s Alliance.
Lynda appears to be spreading the love for “Jack”. Because there he is as “fifth prize” in the Kadavu rugby raffle, along with “Johnny” – Johnny Walker – in his various guises – Double Black, Black Label and Red Label, plus bottles of Glenfiddich and Bundaberg Rum.
Who organised the booze? Did Lynda buy it or was it donated by the distributor? And what possible rationale can there be for having heavy duty alcohol as raffle prizes for a sporting club? Rugby and booze are hardly the ideal mix, although this booze is usually consumed straight.
Grubsheet isn’t in a position to be self-righteous about alcohol consumption. Lynda Tabuya and I both come from a Methodist background in which booze was a strict no-no and we have both since strayed from the path of abstinence. But even I cringed when I saw this list of prizes. It just isn’t right. No, make that “ it’s very wrong”.
There’s enough of a problem with “weed” in Kadavu – the marijuana capital of Fiji – without encouraging the consumption of hard liquor. Jack Daniels has an alcohol content of 40 per cent by volume so this is very hard stuff. And Lynda should already know that after Jack brought her so spectacularly unstuck in Melbourne.
Not a good look. Room 233 or the Kadavu raffle.